Chinese Toothpaste Recall

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:53 by admin

Toothpaste Made in China Contains Toxic Chemical (DEG)

Updated Aug 13, 2007
- The FDA is warning consumers against using toothpaste made in China. They are concerned that these products may contain "diethylene glycol" – the same substance used as a solvent in antifreeze. The FDA has advised consumers to throw away any tube of toothpaste made in China. Officials are not aware of any U.S. reports of DEG poisoning in toothpaste, but the FDA is concerned about potential risks from continued exposure to DEG and exposure to DEG in certain populations, such as children and people with kidney or liver disease. There have been deaths and injuries reported in other countries as a result of consumption of DEG through cough syrups and acetaminophen syrup.

The FDA found DEG in a shipment of toothpaste at the U.S. border and at two different retail stores: a Dollar Plus store in Miami and a Todo A Peso store in Puerto Rico. The agency also issued an import alert for all imports of toothpaste containing DEG. FDA has identified the following brands of toothpaste from China that contain DEG and are included in the import alert: Dentapro; Bright Max; Cooldent Fluoride; DentFresh Fluoride Mint Toothpaste; Cooldent Spearmint; Cooldent ICE; Dr. Cool, Everfresh Toothpaste; Superdent Toothpaste; Clean Rite Toothpaste; Oralmax Extreme; Oral Bright Fresh Spearmint Flavor; Bright Max Peppermint Flavor; ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste; DentaPro; DentaKleen; and DentaKleen Junior. The affected toothpaste typically is sold by low-cost, bargain retail outlets and "dollar stores" around the U.S. and should be avoided.  Miniature, hotel-size toothpaste tubes from China must be avoided as well.

Another incident of DEG contaminated toothpaste was found in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.  The toothpaste was counterfeit Colgate toothpaste imported from South Africa.  No injuries have been reported as of yet, but it is important to discard any product represented above.

It may be important to see your doctor if you feel you have suffered injuries due to toothpaste containing DEG. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorneywho can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.  Please fill out the ask an attorney form concerning the 'Chinese toothpaste recall' on the right hand side. -written by Courtney Mills

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