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Toothpaste containing DEG (Diethylene glycol)

Toothpaste containing DEG
DEG is a toxic substance used by some overseas manufacturers as a replacement for glycerine in toothpaste. Medium to long-term exposure to DEG at significant levels may create unacceptable health risks.

Some symptoms of DEG poisoning include:

  • diarrhoea
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • convulsions
  • inability to pass urine
  • renal failure
  • kidney failure
  • liver failure.


The permanent ban on toothpaste containing more than 0.25% by weight of DEG came into effect on 12 March 2009. This page includes information on hazards and how to comply with the ban.


Check for any recalls related to this page.


An additional five teeth whitening kits have been recalled due to unsafe levels of either hydrogen peroxide and/or carbamide peroxide.

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