Health Canada

Health Canada

July 06, 2007 19:27 ET

Health Canada Warning Update: Update on Counterfeit Toothpaste

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 6, 2007) - Further to the Health Canada warning (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/2007/2007_82_e.html) issued earlier today, ongoing testing on a counterfeit product falsely labelled as Colgate Fluoride Toothpaste Maximum Cavity Protection has identified a third bacterium of concern, which is a common environmental micro-organism. Health Canada continues to advise Canadians to discontinue use of this product because of the presence of bacteria that pose significant health risks, especially to children and individuals with compromised immune systems.

Consumers who have this counterfeit product are advised to discontinue use immediately and not to use their toothbrush. The product should be kept out of the reach of children. Consumers should seal the tube and put the tube in a sealed bag. They should also wash their hands after handling the tube.

Consumers are advised to monitor the Health Canada Web site (http://www.healthcanada.gc.ca) for additional updates on this issue and for previous health warnings on counterfeit toothpaste (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/2007/2007_79_e.html).

Consumers requiring more information about this advisory can contact Health Canada's public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

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Contact Information

  • Media Enquiries:
    Health Canada
    613-957-2983
    or
    Public Enquiries:
    613-957-2991
    1-866-225-0709