Toxic chemicals have been found in fake Sensodyne toothpaste sold at car boot sales and discount shops, the medicines watchdog has warned.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said the contaminated toothpaste contained diethylene glycol and should be immediately thrown away.
The chemical was found at levels which could be toxic to young children and anyone with impaired liver or kidney function.
Car boot sales
It is concerned that elderly people may have purchased this stock due to lower prices in markets, discount shops and car boot sales.
The affected products are fake Sensodyne Original and Sensodyne Mint sold in 50ml tubes.
Genuine Sensodyne Mint toothpaste is white in colour whereas the fake version has a green paste.
Both the genuine Sensodyne Original and the fake toothpaste have a pink coloured paste.
The genuine versions of both types of Sensodyne come in 45ml and 75ml tubes.
The batch code is quoted as ‘PROD 07 2005 /EXP 08 2008’ in both cases and the packaging contains writing in English and Arabic.
Genuine Sensodyne packs made by GlaxKline have packaging written only in English and are not affected by the chemical scare.
In a statement, GlaxKline said it did not use diethylene glycol (DEG) as an ingredient in any of its toothpastes.
‘These fake products are illegal and have no connection with GlaxKline,’ the statement said.
‘GSK takes any reports of counterfeit very seriously. The company has contacted its legitimate retail supply chain to ensure no counterfeit product exists.’