15:03 01Jun07 RTRS-FDA SAYS AGENCY DETAINED CONTAMINATED SHIPMENT OF TOOTHPASTE CONTAINING POISONOUS CHEMICAL DEG
WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday warned consumers to avoid any toothpaste made in China after inspectors found a poisonous chemical known as DEG in one shipment detained at the border.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been scrutinizing toothpaste imported from China after similar products in Latin America were found to contain diethylene glycol, or DEG, often found in solvents and antifreeze.
The FDA identified products by Goldcredit International Enterprises Ltd., Goldcredit International Trading Co. Ltd., and Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals Co. Ltd as containing DEG. Brands include Cooldent, Clean Rite and Oralmax and are usually found at discount retailers, the FDA said.
What is there left to be said? China is 'cracking down' on these dangerous practices though for economic rather than altruistic reasons and only the other day meted out a death sentence to a senior official who apparently took bribes for approvals. What the Communist Party cannot own up to is that this flagrant disregard for human life is a result of the culture of callousness and corruption that is the legacy of Mao's Revolution.
Note: I have been told that most apple juice in the US comes from imported Chinese apples. This bears further investigation.