Warning against harmful Chinese toothpastes

Warning against harmful Chinese toothpastes

Postby Richard Akindele » Sat Jun 30, 2007 4:04 pm

For your health, do not to buy Chinese toothpaste or counterfeit products sold falsely under the 'Colgate' brand name.

These toothpastes are potentially harmful products.

Twenty-one Chinese toothpaste products have contained unacceptable levels of diethylene glycol (DEG).

DEG is a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent that can cause "nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, urinary problems, kidney failure, breathing problems, lethargy, convulsions, coma and even death when ingested."

If swallowed, the toothpaste could especially prove harmful in "vulnerable populations" such as children or consumers with kidney or liver disease.

The toothpastes are labelled primarily in Chinese. None have been approved for sale.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued similar warning. Following that, a customer alert was issued June 5, 2007 by Health Canada to the Canada Border Services Agency to stop shipments from China.

Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste

Health Canada is also warning that counterfeit toothpaste products, falsely labelled as Colgate Fluoride Toothpaste Herbal and Colgate Fluoride Toothpaste Maximum Cavity Protection, have been found to contain high levels of harmful bacteria.

The products pose a "significant risk to health, especially to children and individuals with compromised immune systems."

The organization is assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a criminal investigation.

Potential adverse effects that can occur if ingested are "fever, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Infants and children are more sensitive to these effects and severe vomiting and diarrhea could lead to potentially life-threatening dehydration."

The products were also found to contain a bacteria from the Enterobacteriaceae family, which is of particular concern to patients hospitalized for severe underlying diseases or with compromised immune systems.

A third product labelled as Colgate, Flouride Toothpaste Gel, was also confirmed as counterfeit.

The Colgate Fluoride Toothpaste Maximum Cavity Protection is labelled as "Manufactured in South Africa" and contains misspellings including "isclinically" "SOUTH AFRLCA" and "South African Dental Assoxiation".
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