London: An antibacterial chemical commonly used in toothpastes may pose a threat to your health, a European Union committee has warned.The EU`s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, which provides scientific advice to the European Commission related to non-food issues, has said that triclosan may promote widespread bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
Meanwhile, reacting to the reports, Colgate Palmolive has said the benefits of adding triclosan to its Total range outweigh the risk.A spokeswoman said: "Colgate Total toothpaste is clinically proven to reduce the bacteria and plaque that can lead to gingivitis."This is an important benefit because there is a significant and growing body of scientific research on the association between periodontal disease and systemic health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes."GlaxoSmithKline, a leading healthcare company, has however adopted a more cautious approach and decided to withdraw triclosan from its range of products. PTI
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