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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:20 pm 
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FYI, have heard from GSK here re Aquafresh as well as the US HQ. They're getting a statement together for AL to clarify both U.S. and Can. product ingreds.

Meantime, here's the statement GSK gave FAAN, which suggests peanut oil was not in Aquafresh, that the "may contain" was a precaution in case of cross-contamination. http://www.foodallergy.org/ingredients.html


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Hi all, GSK headquarters in the U.S. was able to confirm today that the formulation of the Aquafresh toothpaste in question is the same in Canada as the U.S.

And the spokesperson reiterated the statement given to FAAN that there is no peanut oil in the ingredients - even as a may contain.

So I hope no one got unduly scared about initial story - perhaps the little guy in the TV report was reacting to something else. But in a way, this has been an eyeopener about non-food labels of products one puts in the mouth.


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Thanks for the update Gwen. It certainly did generate a lot of discussion and I learned a thing or two about cosmetics and drugs. If I had the time I'd become an expert in labelling laws and read the entire HUGE binder of the Canadian food regulations. Maybe one day... (or gee - maybe they'll become SIMPLER!!)

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- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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Just fyi, here was the full and helpful response to my questions that I received from Glaxo HQ's Communications Manager on Aug. 3:

Thank you for contacting GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare regarding the questions you had about Aquafresh in Canada and the U.S.  Below are the answers to the questions you sent.

1. Does Aquafresh toothpaste sold in Canada contain peanut oil in its flavouring?

A. No.  All of our flavour suppliers have certified that the flavourings currently used in our Aquafresh toothpaste in Canada do not contain peanut oil.

2. Does the U.S. Aquafresh formulation “contain” peanut oil, or is it a “may contain” – e.g. the company is not sure whether there may have been cross-contamination with peanuts during the manufacture or packaging of Aquafresh?

A. The current U.S. and Canadian Aquafresh formulations do not contain peanuts, peanut oil or peanut derivatives.  Our review of the raw material information from our suppliers has concluded that there are no peanuts or peanut oil present.  

In addition, Aquafresh is manufactured according to the highest quality standards set forth by government regulations in a plant that is entirely dedicated to toothpaste manufacturing.  There are no peanuts or peanut oil present in the facility, so no cross-contamination can occur.

3. Will GSK be adding warning of the top allergens to its toothpaste labels or any other labels in the future?

A. In the U.S. and Canada, Aquafresh does not contain any of the top allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat), so therefore no voluntary allergy alerts are necessary.

GSK Consumer Healthcare recognizes that consumers may have a variety of questions about the ingredients and trace elements found in our products, and we readily make that information available to consumers via our toll-free information line.
 
In the U.S., consumers can call 1-800-897-5623 weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern time. In the Canada, consumers can call: Canada is 1-866-440-5506, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to Midnight and Saturday-Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


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thanks Gwen, that's very helpful :)


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