Mozambican authorities seize tainted toothpaste

August 5, 2007 13:58


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Mozambican authorities have seized thousands of boxes of counterfeit toothpaste which they fear may contain a potentially deadly chemical. State radio said Sunday that the health ministry had banned all sales of "Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection" toothpaste and ordered storekeepers to remove it from their shelves. The fake toothpaste - which has been sold by discount retailers in a number of countries including the United States - has nothing to do with Colgate-Palmolive Co. It contains diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze, which damages the kidneys and liver and can ultimately prove fatal to humans.

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