China's Toothpaste Contaminate Has Long, Deadly History

Excerpt: WASHINGTON – While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued consumer warnings to avoid using potentially deadly Chinese-made toothpaste, the Chinese government continued to deny there was any danger from the contaminant diethylene glycol – a solvent used in antifreeze that killed 107 Americans when it was introduced in an elixir 70 years ago. The FDA yesterday urged consumers to check labels for toothpaste made in China – and throw them away.

The agency is concerned the products may contain "diethylene glycol," also known as "diglycol" or "diglycol stearate."

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