[Tuesday, August 14, 2007 UPDATE: Check Your Hotel Toothpaste Before Using! – Click here for a list of the latest recalled toothpaste brands, sizes and codes.]
The Colgate-Palmolive company is recalling what it claims to be falsely packaged “Colgate” toothpaste, after diethylene glycol (DEG) contamination was found in routine testing by the FDA in some 5 ounce tubes of “Colgate”
This counterfeit Colgate was distributed in NJ, NY, PA and MD in discount retail stores. The product comes in a 5 ounce (100ml) tube, and has “Made in South Africa” printed on the box. The Colgate toothpaste recall includes the following types of toothpaste: Regular, Gel, Triple and Herbal.
To date, no illnesses have been reported in the US in connection with this problem. However, it has been reported that up to 100 people have died from DEG tainted toothpaste in Panama.
Production of the product has been suspended while the company continues their investigation as to the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased 5 ounce of “Colgate Toothpaste” in Regular, Gel, Triple and Herbal are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-201-869-0010.
Keep in mind this blog is an editorial outlet for US Recall News. Our ‘just the facts’ reporting of recall news can be found under the appropriate sections on the main site at www.usrecallnews.com. With that said, one cannot help but to marvel at how convenient it is for Colgate to suddenly find out someone was counterfeiting their toothpaste AFTER some Colgate toothpaste tubes were found to contain DEG, a poison found in anti-freeze that can cause permanent kidney and liver damage, and possibly lead to death.
We sincerely hope that FDA gets to the bottom of this, and that no Americans (or anyone else) is hurt as a result of corporations trying to save a buck at the expense of their customers by allowing the products we know and trust to be manufactured in countries that have no child labor laws; no workers’ rights; no environmental guidelines; and no governing bodies to ensure the safety of the products being produced.