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  • #10821

    Old CooT
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/02/us/02toothpaste.html?ei=5065&en=b2e7009a28e68e53&ex=1181448000&partner=MYWAY&pagewanted=print

    June 2, 2007
    Toxic Toothpaste Made in China Is Found in U.S.
    By WALT BOGDANICH

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    #45550

    generall
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    Good grief! it’s enough we have to watch what we eat. Now we need to worry about brushing our teeth afterward. What next? 😯
    Thanks for the info.

    #46460

    gettingold
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    Today they said they recalled 186,000 toothpaste products.

    ok- our pets can’t eat

    we can’t eat beef, pork,fish,peanut butter

    and now can’t brush our teeth

    if they next get our deodorants it will solve the population explosion problems because nobody will be able to get close to anyone else.

    #46466

    Peggy
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    You said a mouthful there! :rock:

    #46472

    gettingold
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    Been missing you today. Where you been girl?I,ve been going back and forth between out boards but haven’t seen you til now. You ducking me 😆

    #46473

    gettingold
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    @peggy wrote:

    You said a mouthful there! :rock:

    I’ll say one more and then hush.

    Today China turned one of our ships away with food exports

    They said our food resrictions weren’t up to their standards

    #46476

    Peggy
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    😯 What the heck does that mean? If THEY won’t eat it…wonder if we should!

    #46484

    gettingold
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    @peggy wrote:

    😯 What the heck does that mean? If THEY won’t eat it…wonder if we should!

    if everything we get from China is dangerous to living

    how can they have 45 trillion people?

    #46487

    Peggy
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    😆 :rofl:

    #46510

    gettingold
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    @peggy wrote:

    😆 :rofl:

    you didn’t answer the question

    are you a politician too?

    #46513

    Peggy
    Member

    Nope, no politicking allowed here! 😆

    I didn’t answer, cause I dont know! 8)

    #60803

    sarahyoung75
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    Some China made products are not really well made. we need to be careful especially with products that are for internal consumption etc. Need to make sure they meet certain quality guidelines and only then should we start using them…

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