The Canadian government is asking Canadians not to use the Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium manufactured by an Indian company Calcutta Chemical Co Ltd.
Canadian health officials say tests on the Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium have revealed unacceptable levels of diethylene glycol as well as high levels of harmful bacteria in the product.
Diethylene glycol – a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent – may cause kidney failure, breathing problems, coma, convulsions, urinary problems, dizziness, abdominal pain, nauseaÂ and even death.
The harmful bacteria may cause adverse effects like urinary tract infection, severe vomitting, diarrhea and life threatening dehydration.
Although Neem Active Toothpaste with Calcium is not approved for sale in Canada, it has been found in several stores in Western Canada and Atlantic Canada.