Counterfeit toothpaste turns up in Canada - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Counterfeit toothpaste turns up in Canada

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WASHINGTON - Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste has now turned up in Canada. A health official says testing has found dangerous bacteria but not the poisonous chemical previously detected in four U.S. states.

In addition, store owners and police say they have discovered that the bogus Colgate was sold in Michigan and Virginia.

The FDA has previously warned that fake Colgate distributed in Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania may contain a poisonous chemical called DEG that typically is used in antifreeze.

It's not yet clear if the counterfeit products in Michigan and Virginia have been tested for DEG.

In Canada, a spokesman says testing did not find the chemical but did show high levels of harmful bacteria.

In all cases, the toothpaste was labeled as made in South Africa, which the label misspells. Its true origin is unknown.

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