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Officials find contaminated toothpaste in Hub stores

Boston health officials said yesterday that they found tubes of contaminated and counterfeit toothpaste at seven locations in the city, and they warned consumers to discard any dental products they may have purchased there.

Health inspectors found the products in a sweep of more than 60 small, independent "dollar-type discount stores." The stores where the toothpaste was found were: Happy 99 Cent Store, 1611 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan; Super Dollar, 654 American Legion Highway, Roslindale; 99 Cent Store, 683 Canterbury St., Roslindale; Jax Liquidation Outlet, 22 Corinth St. , Roslindale; My Tan, 693 Washington St.; and C-Mart stores at 692 Washington St. and 128 Lincoln St.

The state Department of Public Health urged consumers not to use toothpaste that falls into these categories:

Labeled "Made in China." The US Food and Drug Administration has identified a variety of brands made in China, including Cooldent, Dr. Cool, Everfresh Toothpaste, Superdent, and Oral Bright.

Labeled "Colgate" and made in South Africa. Colgate officials said their company does not import toothpaste from South Africa. The warning from health authorities does not apply to Colgate toothpaste made in the United States.

Labeling not in English.

On July 5, investigators from local health departments found about 160 tubes of toothpaste fitting those descriptions in shops in Amherst, Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Dedham, Lawrence, Lowell, Malden, Somerville, Sturbridge, Wellesley, and West Springfield.

Consumers can contact the state Department of Public Health, 617-983-6712.