Thursday, June 14, 2007

Colgate warns of fake toothpaste in U.S.

I've heard of many things counterfeit, but this is weird. Colgate-Palmolive just announced that a counterfeit toothpaste of Colgate is circulating in U.S. discount stores in four states. Instead of flouride, the toothpaste contains Diethylene Glycol, otherwise knows as the gummy sweetener used in antifreeze and you might be brushing your teeth with it, right now. The substance called DEG was just in the news a few weeks ago, becomes the FDA found it to be in toothpaste made in China. DEG contaminated toothpaste has also been seized in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Panama and Nicaragua. The FDA said to look for incorrect spellings and a South African manufacturing label on the tube to recognize the counterfeit product. Until then, I'd by Crest or Aquafresh, or better yet Tom's Natural Toothpaste.

Colgate-Palmolive said the counterfeit toothpaste was found in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. It can be recognized because it is labeled as being manufactured in South Africa, and the company does not import toothpaste to the United States from South Africa.

Tags: diethylene | fluoride | glycol | Health

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