A major US provider of hotel toiletry products has initiated a global recall of its travel-sized toothpaste used in hotels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Barbados, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the UAE.
This toothpaste may contain the toxic substance, diethylene glycol (DEG), which has been used by toothpaste and cough syrup suppliers in China as a cheap substitute for glycerin. (More about DEG from China here”) DEG is a poisonous solvent that can have major deadly side effects, including central nervous system suppression and permanent kidney and liver damage.
Gilchrist & Soames 0.65oz/18ml toothpaste manufactured in China for the company by Ming Fai Enterprises International Co., LTD.
Hotel guests, who may have received the recalled toothpaste from hotels in any of these countries, should safely dispose of it, and notify hotel management of the recall.
In the meantime, Gilchrist & Soames stopped all outgoing shipments and quarantined all of its “Made in China” toothpaste. Hotel clients have been notified of this newest toothpaste recall.
According to a spokesperson for Gilchrist & Soames, “The fifth round of our independent lab tests showed the presence of DEG in some samples at levels exceeding FDA guidelines from one of our China suppliers. We immediately began the process of initiating a voluntary recall of our complimentary-sized (.65oz/18ml) Gilchrist & Soames toothpaste. We want to ensure that any contaminated toothpaste is safely disposed of and/or destroyed.”
Although no pictures were made available during the initial press release, read the full press release and contact Gilchrist and Soames ((1-866-587-6542) ) for more information on what to look for. In the meantime, do not use ANY toothpaste labeled from “China” or “Made in China”, as advised by the FDA in their list of recalled toothpaste products.