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Poisoned Toothpaste Possibly from China
THE REGISTER GUARD ^ | Saturday, May 19, 2007 | By Walt Bogdanich and Renwick McLean

Posted on 05/19/2007 6:35:37 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL

Diethylene glycol, a poisonous ingredient in some antifreeze, has been found in 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, and customs officials there said Friday that the product appeared to have originated in China.

``Our preliminary information is that it came from China, but we don't know that with certainty yet,'' said Daniel Delgado Diamante, Panama's director of customs.

``We are still checking all the possible imports to see if there could be other shipments.''

Some of the toothpaste, which arrived several months ago in the free trade zone next to the Panama Canal, was re-exported to the Dominican Republic in seven shipments, customs officials said.

A newspaper in Australia reported Friday that one brand of the toothpaste had been found on supermarket shelves there and had been recalled.

Diethylene glycol is the same poison that the Panamanian government inadvertently mixed into cold medicine last year, killing at least 100 people. Records show that in that incident the poison, falsely labeled as glycerin, a harmless syrup, also originated in China.

There is no evidence that the tainted toothpaste is in the United States, according to U.S. government officials.

Panamanian health officials said diethylene glycol had been found in two brands of toothpaste, labeled in English as Excel and Cool. The tubes contained diethylene glycol concentrations of between 1.7 percent and 4.6 percent, said Luis Martinez, a prosecutor who is looking into the shipments.

Health officials say they do not believe the toothpaste is harmful, because users spit it out after brushing, but they nonetheless took it out of circulation as a precaution.

Martinez, the prosecutor, said at a recent news conference that the toothpaste lacked the required health certificates and had entered the market mixed in with products intended for animal consumption. He said laboratory tests had found up to 4.6 percent diethylene glycol in tubes of Cool toothpaste.

The Excel brand had 2.5 percent.

Miriam Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Health Ministry, said she knew of no one who had become sick from using the toothpaste.

Doug Arbesfeld, a spokesman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said diethylene glycol was not approved for use in toothpaste. Though the FDA has no evidence that the tainted toothpaste slipped into the United States, he added: ``We are looking into the situation in Panama.''

Delgado, the director of Panamanian customs, said the Dominican authorities had been notified to be on the lookout for the suspect toothpaste.

In Panama, the poison was detected by a consumer who called the pharmacy and drugs section of the health ministry to report having seen diethylene glycol listed as an ingredient in toothpaste at a store in downtown Panama City.

The ministry fined the store $25,000 and ordered it closed for not following proper procedures in putting products up for sale.

The Northern Star, a newspaper in the southeastern Australian city of Lismore, reported Friday on its Web site that the Excel brand of toothpaste had been found in a chain of supermarkets there and taken off the shelves immediately.

No illnesses were reported.

Two weeks ago, The New York Times reported that a Chinese factory not certified to make pharmaceutical ingredients sold 46 barrels of syrup containing diethylene glycol that had been falsely labeled as 99.5 percent pure glycerin.

That syrup passed through several trading companies before ending up in Panama, where it was mixed into 260,000 bottles of cold medicine.

At least 100 people, including children, died as a direct result, according to Dimas Guevara, a Panamanian prosecutor who is leading the investigation into the deaths.

Over the years, counterfeiters have found it financially advantageous to substitute diethylene glycol, a sweet-tasting syrup, for its chemical cousin glycerin, which is usually much more expensive.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; chineseimports; diethyleneglycol; foodsafety; foodsupply; freetrade; mostfavorednation; panama; toothpaste; trade
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1 posted on 05/19/2007 6:35:40 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Just GREAT.....


2 posted on 05/19/2007 6:39:00 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: mom4kittys

ping


3 posted on 05/19/2007 6:39:25 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

The hits just keep on coming.


4 posted on 05/19/2007 6:39:49 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

they bombed Saddam for less poison on hand


5 posted on 05/19/2007 6:41:52 PM PDT by Flavius ("Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum")
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To: MrB
Diethylene glycol, a poisonous ingredient in some antifreeze, has been found in 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, and customs officials there said Friday that the product appeared to have originated in China.

Thought you'd be interested in yet another case.

6 posted on 05/19/2007 6:42:48 PM PDT by ya_hew
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Everything that is for personal human use should have detailed information of country of origin. But that doesn’t fit globalist protocol.
7 posted on 05/19/2007 6:43:16 PM PDT by ca centered
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To: All

Baking soda can be used as toothpaste.


8 posted on 05/19/2007 6:46:04 PM PDT by ya_hew
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To: JACKRUSSELL
Delgado, the director of Panamanian customs, said the Dominican authorities had been notified to be on the lookout for the suspect toothpaste.

In Panama, the poison was detected by a consumer who called the pharmacy and drugs section of the health ministry to report having seen diethylene glycol listed as an ingredient in toothpaste at a store in downtown Panama City.

The ministry fined the store $25,000 and ordered it closed for not following proper procedures in putting products up for sale.

The government knows about it, allows the international trade, and is responsible to protect the public. An ordinary citizen finds it, and the government fines the retailer. Only the government and the internationalists profit. The future looks bleak for Panama and any other country on this model, like US.

9 posted on 05/19/2007 6:46:31 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The only good Mullah is a dead Mullah. The only good Mosque is the one that used to be there.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

And your congressman and Senator does not give a damn .


10 posted on 05/19/2007 6:47:50 PM PDT by ears_to_hear
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To: ears_to_hear

With all the perks Congress gets from Wall Street, what would you expect?


11 posted on 05/19/2007 6:51:03 PM PDT by James W. Fannin (unappeasable)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

It is time to require extreme QA testing of all products from China—in the US where we can monitor it. I’m not happy that we are trading with China, but if we wish to continue we had better make them verify that what they are selling us actually is what they say it is. And if that makes it hard for them to trade with us, then tough!


12 posted on 05/19/2007 6:53:36 PM PDT by burzum (None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away -Minsc)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.


13 posted on 05/19/2007 6:54:32 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Flavius

bombed saddam’s country, killed his sons, and his country put him on trial and he was hung for less. WOW, Gotta end this ridiculous trade agreement.


14 posted on 05/19/2007 6:55:17 PM PDT by television is just wrong (Amnesty is when you allow them to return to their country of origin without prosecution.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Makes me wonder about “Equate” brand at Walmart.


15 posted on 05/19/2007 6:59:18 PM PDT by stinkerpot65
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To: JACKRUSSELL
You'll wonder where
The yellow went
When you brush your teeth
With wet cement.

(Kids version of Pepsodent ad from back in the day.)
16 posted on 05/19/2007 6:59:21 PM PDT by omnivore
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To: LaineyDee
Interesting. First the Chinese make dog and cat food that is poison. The FTC and other branches of government down play that.

Now toothpaste made by the Chinese kills humans in Panama.

We think it is a “dry run” when 2 Imams get on a airliner and act weird... but never kill anyone.

Now if some evil foreign government entity was testing how quickly the supply chain to the western hemisphere got poison to the consumers how might they do that? Lot’s of animals died in the U.S. A few humans died in a central American country just south of us.

Dry run’s?

Hmmmmmm

17 posted on 05/19/2007 7:00:25 PM PDT by JSteff
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To: ca centered

there are no countries nations people individuals

only corporations


18 posted on 05/19/2007 7:02:57 PM PDT by Flavius ("Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum")
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To: Arizona Carolyn; mom4kittys; blam; Salamander; Red Badger; WakeUpAndVote; dirtboy; Overtaxed; ...

19 posted on 05/19/2007 7:05:08 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Diethylene glycol poisoning was the reason the US enacted the FFD&C act.


20 posted on 05/19/2007 7:05:21 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Nice


21 posted on 05/19/2007 7:05:41 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: JSteff
Wish you were wrong, but you make sense.

As do the other posters... $$$ talk and Wall Street can’t ignore better margins due to cheaper labor and raw materials.

Oh well, if there were honest politicians (silly me), we would have some protection, but they TOO are on the take!

22 posted on 05/19/2007 7:06:58 PM PDT by elpinta (Tagline temporarily out of service)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
We should cease all normal trade relations with Red China.

It's now clearly a matter of our health, in addition to the fact that is also simply wiser to stop making a totalitarian state wealthier. It certainly makes no sense to enrich a totalitarian state that is also willing to poison its customers.

We have no need from any food or other consumable product from Red China, no matter how cheaply it is priced; let them rot in their own poisoned system.

23 posted on 05/19/2007 7:07:00 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: Flavius

1984 all over again


24 posted on 05/19/2007 7:07:05 PM PDT by ca centered
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To: JACKRUSSELL
"Doug Arbesfeld, a spokesman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said diethylene glycol was not approved for use in toothpaste."

LOL! really?!

25 posted on 05/19/2007 7:08:32 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000 (The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a republican form of government,)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Yeah, and has anybody here SEEN a factory in China???

There are some nice ones, but then there are lots of... well, how can I put it... I dreaded even a quick walk-through after it was tidied up for foreign visitors.

26 posted on 05/19/2007 7:11:08 PM PDT by elpinta (Tagline temporarily out of service)
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To: Flavius

Did you know Hershey’s is closing plants in the US and Canada, laying off thousands of workers, and moving to Mexico? It’s lousy chocolate anyway. Don’t buy it.


27 posted on 05/19/2007 7:12:29 PM PDT by ca centered
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To: JACKRUSSELL

While in the hospital last year they issued me a toothbrush and a smll tube of TRI-LEAF toothpaste. Product of China.

I still have it but not for long. File 13!

Colgate, on the other hand is made in Canada.


28 posted on 05/19/2007 7:13:28 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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Here is another take:

If everybody used foreign-made condoms, then Westerner’s birth-rate could be improved!

Not sure I am serious about that, but....

29 posted on 05/19/2007 7:15:43 PM PDT by elpinta (Tagline temporarily out of service)
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To: DBrow

Exactly. And the number of people who have died worldwide from manufactures using DEG as a glycerin substitute is rather startling.

Consuming DEG is about like drinking automobile anti-freeze. They both have a sweet taste, are clear, odorless, miscible in water and (drum roll please) result in renal failure.


30 posted on 05/19/2007 7:20:17 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: ya_hew

Man, I know it. Baking soda works for toothpaste and when I’m staying home, I sometimes just brush real good with plain water. I’ve also started using plain old white vinegar for underarm deodorant. I get my soap from the health food store so it doesn’t have a bunch of additives in it. - Even with being as simple as you can, there always seems to be some yahoo so greedy of gain it’s really sad. - I reckon I’m clean enough I don’t smell, or if I do no one tells me. :O)


31 posted on 05/19/2007 7:20:18 PM PDT by Twinkie (Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . .)
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To: ca centered

Did you know Hershey’s is closing plants in the US and Canada, laying off thousands of workers, and moving to Mexico?
_______________________________________________
they have a plant or two in Mexico, they are opening plaants in China and India.
Was posted awhile back.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1822647/posts
:Hershey is looking to shift more manufacturing to India, China, Mexico


32 posted on 05/19/2007 7:23:29 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Pray for W.)
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To: ca centered

i am actually going to make very good friends with my Amish neighbors


33 posted on 05/19/2007 7:23:53 PM PDT by Flavius ("Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum")
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To: television is just wrong
bombed saddam’s country, killed his sons, and his country put him on trial and he was hung for less. WOW, Gotta end this ridiculous trade agreement.

Alright; but I really don’t want to get involved in a land war in Asia...

34 posted on 05/19/2007 7:25:54 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Ugly way to go, too. Diethylene glycol, if my memory is correct, destroys the functioning of the liver, permanently. Without a liver transplant, you die.


35 posted on 05/19/2007 7:26:01 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: ca centered

I asked a Hershey worker here about that the other day - she was VERY surprised by what I told her I heard was happening....I don’t think she believed it. She kept saying...”Pennsylvania?”


36 posted on 05/19/2007 7:29:57 PM PDT by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: Flavius
lol - sad but true.
37 posted on 05/19/2007 7:30:25 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Never insult small minded men in positions of power.)
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To: JSteff
Dry run’s?

Possibly. I read awhile back that China has consistently refused to let our FDA inspectors in. What tha heck? And we STILL allow them to provide food products?

38 posted on 05/19/2007 7:33:47 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: mad_as_he$$
We need a clearing house list of brands that come from suspicious nations and domestic corporations using foreign ingredients in products. We need to boycott some of them out of business to send a message. And watch for insiders trading and divesting before their stock is worthless. That would be an indication that they knew all along what they were doing.
39 posted on 05/19/2007 7:45:19 PM PDT by Surrounded_too (Robot machine guns and the Dirty Dozen)
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To: ca centered
Everything that is for personal human useshould have detailed information of country of origin. But that doesn’t fit globalist protocol.

There that is the way it should be. Picked up a can of peaches in walmart the other-day, walking down the lane I noticed it said product of china, now walmart will need to pay someone to put it back. I threw it on the nearest shelf.

40 posted on 05/19/2007 7:58:16 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: omnivore
Brush your teeth with Sani-Flush,
You don't even need a brush.
All you do is pour it on,
One, two, three - your teeth are gone!

=)

41 posted on 05/19/2007 8:02:44 PM PDT by SquirrelKing ("When a coin in the carbon pot rings, out of global warming hell a soul does spring." - Timothy Ball)
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To: org.whodat

Yes your editing is correct. Thanks the correction.


42 posted on 05/19/2007 8:08:42 PM PDT by ca centered
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Be very, very careful with anything from China. They are bust exporting all kinds of poison.


43 posted on 05/19/2007 8:24:59 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: JACKRUSSELL

Be very, very careful with anything from China. They are busy exporting all kinds of poison.


44 posted on 05/19/2007 8:25:15 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: JACKRUSSELL

It just doesn’t end.


45 posted on 05/19/2007 8:30:31 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (Ah don't feeeeel no ways taihrd.)
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To: ca centered
moving to Mexico

imagine that... chocolate in ...Mexico of all places! why, next thing you know someone will start claiming that chocolatl actually comes from Mexico!

46 posted on 05/19/2007 8:35:41 PM PDT by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: JACKRUSSELL

China poisons the world.


47 posted on 05/19/2007 8:36:39 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: ya_hew
Baking soda can be used as toothpaste.

It's probably coming from China.

48 posted on 05/19/2007 8:37:38 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Flavius
there are no countries nations people individuals only corporations


49 posted on 05/19/2007 8:40:14 PM PDT by TUAN_JIM (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: JACKRUSSELL
At least we're well along in the process of freeing ourselves from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Who gives a crap about the integrity of the food or toothpaste supply?

50 posted on 05/19/2007 8:40:36 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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