China Bans Toxic Syrup in Toothpaste – Audra Ang

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.

From Forbes:

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 in recent weeks. [Full Text]

See also the New York Times coverage of the toothpaste import scare.

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