Three toothpaste brands banned in SA
Three brands of toothpaste have been banned in South Australia amid fears they contain too much of a toxic chemical.
Consumer Affairs Minister Jennifer Rankine said the Mr Cool, Excel and Tri-Leaf Spearmint pastes would be subject to a recall, effective immediately. She said the toothpaste contained more than 0.25 per cent of diethylene glycol (DEG), which could present a serious health risk if ingested, particularly to children and people with kidney or liver disease.
Although toothpaste is not meant to be swallowed, young children have been known to suck on tubes.
Adults also can unintentionally swallow small amounts of toothpaste when brushing their teeth.
"People should double check the list of ingredients on their toothpaste," Ms Rankine said.
"If they find it contains DEG, check the label to ensure it has less than 0.25 per cent by weight.
"If it is more than this amount, do not buy it."
Consumers with tubes of the three banned brands at home can return the toothpaste to the place of purchase for a full refund.