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Tainted toothpaste had wider reach than thought: report
June 28, 2007 / 7:14 AM / 10 years ago

Tainted toothpaste had wider reach than thought: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chinese-made toothpaste tainted with a potentially poisonous chemical was distributed to more places in the United States than initially thought, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

<p>A customs employee works behind boxes of Chinese-made Dentamint Gel toothpaste in Managua, Nicaragua May 31, 2007. Chinese-made toothpaste tainted with a potentially poisonous chemical was distributed to more places in the United States than initially thought, the New York Times reported on Thursday. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas</p>

About 900,000 tubes of toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, an ingredient in antifreeze, were distributed to hospitals for the mentally ill, prisons, juvenile detention centers and some hospitals serving the general population, the Times said.

Initial reports said the tainted toothpaste was most likely to be found in discount shops.

Officials in Georgia and North Carolina were replacing the toothpaste with products made outside China, according to the report. Hospitals in South Carolina and Florida also reported receiving Chinese-made toothpaste, it said.

Drug distributor McKesson Corp. was recalling its EverFRESH brand after finding trace amounts of the chemical, the Times said, adding that McKesson could not immediately determine any customers had bought the product.

A spokesman for McKesson was not available.

Earlier this month, Colgate-Palmolive Co. said fake toothpaste containing diethylene glycol was found in four U.S. states, but said the toothpaste posed a low health risk.

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