Toxic Toothpaste Made in China Is Found in U.S.

  1. Exclamation Toxic Toothpaste Made in China Is Found in U.S.

    New York Times
    June 2, 2007

    Toxic Toothpaste Made in China Is Found in U.S.
    Consumers were advised yesterday to discard all toothpaste made in China after federal health officials said they found Chinese-made toothpaste containing a poison used in some antifreeze in three locations: Miami, the Port of Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.

    Although there are no reports of anyone being harmed by the toothpaste, the Food and Drug Administration warned that the Chinese products had a “low but meaningful risk of toxicity and injury” to children and people with kidney or liver disease.

    The United States is the seventh country to find tainted Chinese toothpaste within its borders in recent weeks.

    Agency officials said they found toothpaste containing a small amount of diethylene glycol, a sweet, syrupy poison, at a Dollar Plus retail store in Miami, sold under the brand name ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste. The F.D.A. also identified nine other brands of Chinese toothpaste that contain diethylene glycol, some with concentrations of 3 percent to 4 percent.

    Previously, only a few brands had been identified by health officials around the world as containing diethylene glycol and all of them listed the chemical on the label.

    But diethylene glycol was not listed on the label of the toothpaste found in the Miami store. Its presence was detected only because the F.D.A. began testing imported Chinese toothpaste last month. That precaution was prompted by the discovery in Latin America of tens of thousands of tubes of tainted toothpaste made in China.

    Over the years, counterfeiters have found it profitable to substitute diethylene glycol for its chemical cousin, glycerin, which is usually more expensive. Glycerin is a safe additive commonly found in food, drugs and household products. In toothpaste, glycerin is used as a thickening agent.

    Chinese regulators said Thursday that their investigation of toothpaste manufacturers there had found they had done nothing wrong. Chinese officials also said that while small amounts of diethylene glycol could be safely used in toothpaste, new controls would be imposed on its use in toothpaste.

    The F.D.A. said diethylene glycol in any amount was not suitable for use in toothpaste.

    The agency said two Chinese companies, Goldcredit International Trading and the Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals Company, made the tainted brands found in the United States.

    In a statement yesterday, federal health officials called diethylene-glycol poisoning “an important public safety issue.” The Panamanian government last year inadvertently mixed the poison made in China into 260,000 bottles of cold medicine, killing at least 100 people, prosecutors there said.

    In that case, Chinese regulators acknowledged on Thursday that two companies in China had “engaged in some misconduct” in the way they labeled and sold the diethylene glycol, but they said a Panamanian importer bore most of the blame.

    Last month, after publicity over the poisoning deaths from the cold medicine, a consumer in Panama noticed that toothpaste in a store listed diethylene glycol as an ingredient and notified the authorities. Eventually it was traced to China, and since then countries around the world have been on the lookout for the product.

    In addition to the United States and Panama, tainted toothpaste has been found in Australia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua.

    Chinese exports of toothpaste to the United States account for $3.3 million out of a $2 billion-dollar market in America, F.D.A. officials said. “The scope of this is fairly small when you look at all the toothpaste that is consumed in the U.S.,” Doug Arbesfeld, an agency spokesman, said.

    The agency said Chinese-made brands with diethylene glycol were typically sold at low-cost, “bargain” retail outlets. A man answering the phone at the Dollar Plus store in Miami, identified by federal officials as selling the Chinese toothpaste, said he did not want to be interviewed because his English was poor. The man, who did not give his name, said federal inspectors came to his store yesterday.

    Mr. Arbesfeld said that six tubes were confiscated there and that several more were found at the store’s distributor. Those tubes were destroyed. F.D.A. officials also said they had confiscated several brands of toothpaste at the Port of Los Angeles and at a retail store in Puerto Rico.

    The agency said toothpaste containing diethylene glycol was sold under the names Cooldent Fluoride, Cooldent Spearmint, Cooldent ICE, Dr. Cool, Superdent, Clean Rite, Oralmax Extreme, Oral Bright, Bright Max, and ShiR Fresh Mint.

  2. First our pets now our teeth ! These guys are scary mean!

  3. Quote Originally Posted by anabolicrhino View Post
    First our pets now our teeth ! These guys are scary mean!
    LOL, it's freakin China. I've done some work with Chinese dissidents and it's pretty amazing the contrast in the County. It's unbridled wild west capitalism until the state decides to get involved....and then they really get involved.

    They execute prisoners just to harvest their organs for transplant sales. Hell, they just sentenced their version of FDA Director to DEATH for failing to insure safety standards.

  4. ,i feel like singing the national anthem or something after reading that....Fukcin china man....
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  5. Quote Originally Posted by TripDog View Post
    ,i feel like singing the national anthem or something after reading that....Fukcin china man....

  6. so basicly their like terrorists...really fukced up ones at that..don't most of our peptides,and powders come from over there. ...the organ harvesting just wins them the prize in my book....congradulations china you win the fukced up country of the day award
    The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.-Psalm 18:2

  7. good deal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Anyone else smell conspiracy? Why would anyone want to pit the US against China? hmmm... the two most industrialized nations in the world.

    I'll tell you who - Gary Coleman, that's who! That's and evil mutha f*cka, right thurr!



Similar Forum Threads

  1. what is ketosterone found in cissus?
    By comacho in forum Supplements
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-12-2009, 10:02 PM
  2. What substance is found in Elephant Piss?
    By SeaHawk22 in forum Supplements
    Replies: 49
    Last Post: 02-23-2008, 11:03 AM
  3. Melamine found in Protein Powders from China
    By moderation in forum Supplements
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 05-21-2007, 05:42 PM
  4. Closed 'Net in China: Workaround found
    By Grunt76 in forum Politics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-18-2006, 04:57 AM
  5. How much CLA is found in sunflower seeds?
    By Chuck in forum Weight Loss
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-27-2004, 06:47 PM
Log in
Log in