LIMIT COL­GATE TO­TAL USE

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Con­sumer NZ is warn­ing peo­ple to limit their use of Col­gate To­tal tooth­paste be­cause it con­tains a chem­i­cal banned in some coun­tries. The tooth­paste con­tains tri­closan, an an­tibac­te­rial chem­i­cal that used to be found in soap, tooth­paste and body wash. Last year, the United States Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) banned prod­ucts that con­tain any one of 19 in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing tri­closan, that had not been proven safe. The chem­i­cal has been linked to changes in hor­mone func­tion, liver and kid­ney dam­age, and is a sus­pected car­cino­gen.

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