FDA asks consumers to stop using China-made toothpastes
New York, June. 2 (PTI): After discovering a poisonous chemical in the Chinese-made toothpastes, the US health officials have asked consumers to stop using and throw away the tubes they might have already purchased.
The advice by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came yesterday after its inspectors discovered diethylene glycol (DEG), a poisonous antifreeze chemical, in Chinese-made toothpastes seized at border and later in the products sold at three locations in Miami, the Port of Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.
The officials have not yet discovered any case of poisoning by such toothpastes but warned the product has "low but meaningful risk of toxicity" among children and people with kidney and liver disease.
The US is the seventh country to find tainted Chinese toothpaste. Others are Panama, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras and Australia. Earlier in March, the authorities found that cats and dogs were being sickened by pet foods containing vegetable proteins imported from China.
The agency had also warned US pharmaceutical manufacturers to be vigilant about the possibility of a sweetener commonly used worldwide being contaminated.
DEG has been used in place of glycerin which is a more expensive. In toothpastes, it is used as a thickening agent.
FDA said the consumers should examine toothpaste products for labelling that says 'Made in China'. "Out of an abundance of caution, FDA suggests that consumers throw away toothpaste with that labelling. FDA is concerned that these products may contain 'diethylene glycol,' also known as 'diglycol' or 'diglycol stearate.'"