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EU Health Commissioner defends triclosan

Ciprian Tănăsescu, Romanian member of the European Parliament (MEP), has raised concerns over the use of the antibacterial triclosan in toothpaste, based on research from Denmark that the substance is a potential endocrine disruptor (EDC). There are also studies showing that triclosan causes antibacterial resistance in people, the MEP argued.

In a response, EU Health Commissioner Tonio Borg notes that according to the opinions issued by the Scientific Committee on Consumers Safety (SCCS), triclosan is safe to use at a maximum concentration of 0.3% in toothpastes, hand soaps and other similar toiletry products. The Commissioner also says that there is no possibility of determining the risk of triclosan causing antimicrobial resistance based on the data currently available.

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