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article imageCounterfeit Toothpaste Dangerous

By Sarawanan Ravindran     Jun 30, 2007 in Health
Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste has been circulating in the US and Canada which poses dangerous health issues. Now Colgate and health agencies are looking to get them off the shelves and make sure people buy the product they are looking for.
Health officials have announced that there are counterfeit Colgate toothpaste that is being distributed through various retailers in Canada and 4 US states. The fake toothpaste contains dangerous bacteria which were found on the tests.
Also the counterfeits in the 4 US states (Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) are reported to include diethylene glycol which is a poisonous chemical found in antifreeze. The Canadian products were different from this and instead contained high levels of dangerous bacteria.
Health Canada says that it poses a significant health risk especially to those with weakened immune systems, The FDA is working in the US to keep this under control and respective police agencies are taking care of getting them off the shelves.
The toothpaste is identified easily by it's outer text that says "Made in South AFRLCA". However, they are unsure where the product exactly came from. The FDA has been looking at Imports and have stopped shipments coming for Australia, Britain, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa.
The FDA and Health Canada have both stopped many Chinese toothpastes from entering the US and Canada due to high levels of diethylene glycol. They will keep these imports stopped until they have been proved safe, These products are usually stop in dollar stores and various discount stores across the country.
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