The Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, the regulatory arm of pharmaceutical and other regulated products in the country, has alerted the public of the existence of expired toothpaste flooding the local market.

Japanese-made toothpaste

The Board said in a statement on Tuesday that the products with Japanese markings also sometimes come without markings and noted that they might have been illegally imported.

“All the instructions on the packaging of the toothpaste are labeled in what appears to be Japanese characters and are being sold at very low prices on the market,” the statement said.

The products are said to have been imported without the approval of the Pharmacy Board which usually verifies their safety and efficacy.

“The board wishes to inform the general public that these toothpastes should not be consumed because the board cannot guarantee their safety in addition to the fact that they have already expired,” the statement said.