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Toothpaste Imported From China May Contain Diethylene Glycol

Audience: Consumers, healthcare professionals

[UPDATE 08/13/2007] Gilchrist & Soames, an Indianapolis- based provider of toiletry products for the hotel industry, initiated a worldwide voluntary recall of its Gilchrist & Soames 0.65oz/18ml toothpaste manufactured in China. Independent tests showed some samples of the toothpaste contained diethylene glycol.

[UPDATE 08/08/2007] Donnamax Inc. initiated a nationwide recall of DentaPro brand CAVITY FIGHTING FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE, FRESH SPEARMINT FLAVOR, NET WT. 6.4 oz. - Item No. 9112, UPC 8 71290 – 00062 5, and Bright Max Toothpaste, NET WT. 6.4 oz. - Item No. 9111, made in China. The recall was initiated because the products may contain the poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), an ingredient used in antifreeze. Consumers should stop using the products and either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

[UPDATE 07/16/ 2007] DentFresh USA initiated a nationwide recall of DentFresh Fluoride Mint Toothpaste 9 Oz (255g) made in China. The recall was initiated because the product may contain the poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), an ingredient used in antifreeze. Consumers should stop using the product and either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact DentFresh at denfresh@hotmail.com or at 305-677-9938.

[UPDATE 06/15/2007] MainStar America initiated a nationwide recall of toothpaste made in China. The recall was initiated because the products may contain the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol. Consumers who have one of the recalled products should stop using the product, return the product to the store where it was purchased, or throw the product away. See the Firm's press release for a list of product lot numbers associated with this recall.

[UPDATE 06/14/2007] The Colgate-Palmolive Company warned that counterfeit toothpaste falsely packaged as "Colgate" has been found in several dollar-type discount stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. There are indications that the product does not contain fluoride and may contain diethylene glycol. Consumers who suspect they may have purchased a counterfeit product can call Colgate's toll-free number 1-800-468-6502.

[UPDATE 06/13/2007] Gold City Enterprise LLC of Hallandale, Florida initiated a nationwide recall of toothpaste made in China because the products may contain the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG), a substance used in antifreeze and as a solvent. The substance is a central nervous system depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin. See the company's news release for a listing of the lot numbers for the recalled products. Additionally, Pitusa, National Lumber, Everything to Weight, Supermarkets and Supermarkets Pitusa of Carolina, Puerto Rico recalled all dental toothpaste with the origin "Made in China" due to possible contamination with DEG. The recall includes the following product sizes with dental brushes, 6.4 oz, 1.76 oz, and 50 grams for children. See the Pitusa, National Lumber's news release for the various names under which the recalled products are sold.

[Posted 06/01/2007] FDA warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as "Made in China". The warning and an import alert were issued to prevent toothpaste containing a poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the United States from China. The substance is used in antifreeze and as a solvent. Although FDA is not aware of any U.S. reports of poisonings from toothpaste containing DEG, FDA is concerned about chronic exposure to DEG and exposure to the product in certain populations, such as children and individuals with kidney or liver disease. Toothpaste containing DEG has a low but meaningful risk of toxicity and injury to these populations. Consumers should examine their toothpaste and dispose of any products listing the ingredient "diethylene glycol" also known as "diglycol". See the News Release for the brands of toothpaste from China that contain DEG that are included in the import alert.

[August 13, 2007 - Press Release - Gilchrist & Soames]
[August 08, 2007 - News Release - Donnamax, Inc.]
[July 13, 2007 - News Release - DentFresh]
[June 13, 2007 - News Release - MainStar America]
[June 14, 2007 - News Release - Colgate–Palmolive]
[June 08, 2007 - News Release - Gold City Enterprise LLC]
[June 08, 2007 - News Release - Pitusa, National Lumber, Everything To Weight, Supermarkets Pitusa]
[June 01, 2007 - News Release - FDA]