Tainted Toothpaste

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning consumers about possibly tainted counterfeit toothpaste after more than 400 tubes of it were found at five discount stores in Chicago.

Madigan sent investigators to look for tubes of counterfeit Colgate after it was found yesterday another state.

The Food and Drug Administration has warned that fake Colgate distributed in some East Coast states may contain a poisonous chemical typically used in antifreeze.

Madigan said at a news conference today that the toothpaste found in Chicago hasn't been tested yet.

Packaging can help consumers identify if they have the possibly bogus Colgate not approved for sale in the United States.

Madigan said consumers should look for packaging that indicates the Colgate was manufactured in South Africa or packaging that has Chinese writing on it.


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  • by Connie Location: Rockford Illinois on Jul 13, 2007 at 11:00 AM
    Thank Goodness that our family have all safe products in our home with no toxic chemicals! We dont have to worry about this. Its very unfortunate that this has to happen to families that is why we switched stores. If anyone would like to know where they too can recieve these products please contact me. Leave me your name and telephone number and best time to call you. No WE DONT SELL these products but we most certainly will tell you where we are a customer and we buy at wholesale too. Thank you. (815)708 - 6751
  • by steven Location: rockford on Jul 12, 2007 at 04:13 PM
    I think that they should put a hold on all toothpast products because you don't know if any other toothpast is harmfull to others.
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