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Dangerous Toothpaste Recall Extended to Fake Colgate

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Colgate has announced that five ounce tubes of toothpaste sold in four states is fake and may contain a dangerous ingredient. The recalled toothpaste was sold in discount stores and may say “made in South Africa.” The manufacturer used diethylene glycol to sweeten the toothpaste. The harmful ingredient may cause kidney or liver damage.

Colgate-Palmolive issued a press release early Thursday saying the tubes are counterfeit.

The company said it does not use, nor has it ever used, diethylene glycol as an ingredient in Colgate toothpaste anywhere in the world.

“Colgate does not import toothpaste into the United States from South Africa,” said the statement from Colgate-Palmolive. “In addition, the counterfeit packages examined so far have several misspellings including: `isclinically,’ `SOUTH AFRLCA’ and `South African Dental Assoxiation.

The FDA has issued a warning to be on the lookout for toothpaste made in China that may also contain diethylene glycol. Consumers should stop using the toothpaste and return it to the store for a refund.