Counterfeit Toothpaste Found On Some Store Shelves in Kentucky

At least four states have reported finding the counterfeit toothpaste, sold under the Colgate name, on discount store shelves.
They've since been removed. Experts say the toothpaste, made overseas, contained traces of DEG, a poisonous chemical often found in antifreeze.
But now, a 27 NEWSFIRST investigation found the toothpaste in question was also being sold at a Lexington discount store.
We found it Saturday afternoon at Dollar King, on Richmond Road.
The store is now taking action to remove the toothpaste from its shelves.
The U.S.D.A is warning customers if you buy Colgate toothpaste from any store, make sure it does not read "Made in South Africa" anywhere on the box.
Colgate-Palmolive says the tubes allegedly containing the chemical are counterfeit, as they do not import their toothpaste from South Africa.
For more information, you can click on the link below for Colgate-Palmolive's website.


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  • by Ralph Location: london ky, on Jun 18, 2007 at 01:09 PM
    america keeps dealing with all these countries, we have not seen anyrhing yet
  • by suzie Location: pike county on Jun 18, 2007 at 09:17 AM
    Here's an article from snopes.com with more information. Bottom line--if it doesn't say approved by ADA, don't buy it! http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/toothpaste.asp
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Jun 17, 2007 at 07:05 PM
    Shouldn't this be treated as an act of terrorism? What's the difference between this and putting a biological agent in the water supply? Our government needs to contact the South African government and demand that all involved in making and exporting this toothpaste be arrested and extradited to the US for trial under the Patriot Act.
  • by Darlene Nelson Location: KY on Jun 17, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    Is anything safe anymore? tainted food to laced toothpaste!
  • by Frank Location: Lexington on Jun 16, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    I hope it was reported to the proper authorites and pulled from the shelves.
  • by Dave Location: Garden Springs on Jun 16, 2007 at 07:34 PM
    China again ?

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