Counterfeit Toothpaste Sold in Virginia

June 30, 2007

Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste has now turned up in Canada and six states, including Virginia.

A health official says testing has found dangerous bacteria, but not the poisonous chemical previously detected in four states.

Store owners and police say they have discovered that the bogus Colgate was also sold in Michigan and Virginia.

It was not immediately clear if the counterfeit products Michigan and Arlington had been tested for DEG, the poisonous chemical found in the other states.

However, the bacteria pose a significant health risk, especially to children and anyone with a weakened immune system.

In all cases, the toothpaste was labeled as made in South Africa. Both the FDA and Colgate-Palmolive Company have said the products are fake, citing in part misspellings on the packaging.

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