China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued a statement that bans factories from using diethylene glycol in toothpaste, when a month ago Chinese officials ridiculed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for “unscientifically” warning consumers about the diethylene glycol.
China banned diethylene glycol – a thickening agent in antifreeze – from use in toothpaste Wednesday, one of its most significant concessions yet as it struggles to regain international confidence in the country’s beleaguered exports.
Chinese-made toothpaste containing the toxic substance, which can cause kidney failure, paralysis and death, has been yanked from sale in North and South America, Europe and Asia in recent weeks. [Full Text]
See also the New York Times coverage of the toothpaste import scare.