Note to Consumers: If the tube says Kolgate and costs $.05?
A Somerville, Mass., man said he got sick after using a bad batch of toothpaste. The Boston Herald reported that Tom Kielty bought what he believed to be a tube of counterfeit Colgate toothpaste at the QF Mart on Highland Avenue in Somerville last week. He said he suffered upset stomach and diarrhea.
Right now, investigators are scrambling to find out how many tubes of counterfeit toothpaste were sold in the U.S. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration recalled counterfeit Colgate tubes that contained a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze. They said the phony toothpaste comes in 5-ounce tubes, which the company does not sell, and it has misspellings on the packaging.
Other cases have been reported in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.