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FDA Warns Consumers to Avoid Toothpaste Made in China

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers Friday to avoid toothpaste made in China because it may contain a poisonous chemical that is used in antifreeze.

The FDA said people should discard any toothpaste labeled with “Made in China. The FDA is concerned that these toothpaste products may contain diethylene glycol (DEG).

To date the FDA is not aware of any poisoning from toothpaste in the United States, but it has found the antifreeze ingredient in a shipment at the U.S border and at two retail stores: one in Miami and one in Puerto Rico.

DEG poisoning is an important public safety issue. The agency is aware of reports of patient deaths and injuries in other countries over the past several years from ingesting DEG-contaminated pharmaceutical preparations, such as cough syrups and acetaminophen syrup. FDA recently issued a guidance document to urge U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers to be vigilant in assuring that glycerin, a sweetener commonly used worldwide in liquid over-the-counter and prescription drug products, is not contaminated with DEG.