Nigeria orders toothpaste destroyed

Chinese-made toothpaste among the brands found to contain a dangerous substance.

    Nigeria's food and drug agency said brands of Colgate were among the dangerous toothpastes [File: EPA]
    "The dangerous toothpastes include those manufactured in China and all brands of Colgate toothpaste," the agency said in a statement.

    It did not say where the Colgate toothpaste had been produced.

    Products scare

    The order followed a spate of scares in the United States and several other countries about the safety of Chinese products, including seafood found to contain antibiotics, and toothpaste containing toxic chemicals imported from China.

    Mattel, the largest US toy company, has recalled about 20 million Chinese-made toys because of the danger from lead paint and small magnets which may become detached.

    The Nigerian agency said it would punish dealers who did not dispose of all foreign-made toothpaste because it was not registered for use in Nigeria and its safety could not be guaranteed.

    "All importers, distributors and marketers of imported toothpastes are directed to submit them to the nearest NAFDAC office for destruction or face serious sanctions," the agency said.

    No one is known to have fallen ill after using foreign-made toothpaste in the country of 140 million.

    NAFDAC began a crackdown on counterfeit products in 2001 after many years as a dumping ground for ineffective and often dangerous drugs and other items.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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