Toothpaste seized

MAPUTO - Mozambican authorities have seized thousands of boxes of counterfeit toothpaste, which they fear may contain a potentially deadly chemical.

MAPUTO - Mozambican authorities have seized thousands of boxes of counterfeit toothpaste, which they fear may contain a potentially deadly chemical.

The health ministry has banned all sales of "Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection" toothpaste and ordered storekeepers to remove it from their shelves.

The fake toothpaste, which has nothing to do with Colgate-Palmolive, contains diethylene glycol, a chemical which damages the kidneys and liver and can prove fatal to humans. - Sapa-AP

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