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Check Your Labels

On May 24, BBC reported on fake toothpastes found in Panama and the Dominican Republic. Today’s news has them found in four states in the United States. The boxes LOOK like Colgate, but have spelling mistakes that give them away. They claim to be made in South Africa, but they include diethylene glycol, the same compound found in the fakes earlier, and it is believed to be coming out of China. This is one time you REALLY REALLY want to be sure you are not buying a knock-off.

Colgate finds fake toothpaste in 4 states
Company says counterfeit products may contain poisonous chemical; fake products can be identified by misspellings on label.
June 14 2007: 6:19 AM EDT

LONDON ( — Fake “Colgate” toothpaste that may contain a poisonous chemical has been found in four states, Colgate-Palmolive said Thursday.

Colgate said the fake toothpaste may contain diethylene glycol, which the company never uses in its toothpaste. The company said it is working with the FDA to locate the source of the counterfeiting.

The fake toothpaste has been found in discount stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, the company said.

The fake products aren’t manufactured or distributed by Colgate-Palmolive (Charts, Fortune 500) and can be identified because they say they are manufactured in South Africa or have misspellings on the label.

Comment: If this is happening in the US, where the Food and Drug Administration is careful about what is allowed to be sold, then we had better be doubly careful in Kuwait, where so much is imported from China. China appears to be cutting corners on quality across the board, and their short cuts could kill us.

June 14, 2007 Posted by | Africa, Bureaucracy, Community, Crime, Detective/Mystery, Family Issues, Health Issues, Hygiene, Kuwait, Lies, Random Musings | 7 Comments

Kuwait Beauty

“If you but have the eyes to see . . .”

There is great beauty in Kuwait. Here is the spire of a mosque I found in Hawalli when I got lost. (Yes, people look at me like I am out of my mind when I stop and take photos of these things they see everyday.)

Here is detail from the spire:

Here is an old-fashioned meshrabiyya window at the home standing over the Tarek Rajab Museum. Who can believe that such a museum treasure is open to the public for free, thanks to the graciousness of a private family, who sees the beauty in the Gulf Heritage, collects and preserves it.

Here is the globe near the entrance to Kuwait University, reminding us always that we are all connected in this world:

Dusk is my favorite time in Kuwait – the glare of the sun softens, and the colors glow:

June 14, 2007 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Geography / Maps, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Public Art, Random Musings, Social Issues, Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Paris Hilton in Jail Video

A friend sent me this link this morning, and I died laughing. I don’t like Paris Hilton, I don’t like the vacuous life she leads, and I wouldn’t post this at all if it weren’t very cleverly done.

And, of course, it is Thursday, and many of you will have the time to waste on a good laugh:

Paris Hilton in Jail

June 14, 2007 Posted by | Crime, Cultural, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Humor, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Satire, Social Issues | 3 Comments