Archive for the ‘chemicals’ Category

4 Executives Are Charged Over Tainted Toothpaste

March 7, 2008

By LOUISE STORY and GERALDINE FABRIKANT
New York Times

Criminal charges were filed on Thursday against four executives at two American companies who imported toothpaste from China that contained a poison used in some antifreeze, the city attorney in Los Angeles said in a statement.

The chemical, diethylene glycol, which is banned from certain ingestible items in the United States, was discovered in almost a million tubes of toothpaste last May and led to recalls in 34 countries. The chemical, commonly used in antifreeze and as a solvent, can lead to kidney damage or liver disease.The toothpaste ended up being distributed in the United States in prisons, luxury hotels, hospitals and discount stores. It was one of the earliest global alerts to broader manufacturing problems in China that allowed scores of tainted products, including toys, children’s jewelry and pet food, to end up on store shelves. The chemical in the toothpaste was used instead of the more expensive chemical glycerin.

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Protest Over Factory Spreads in China

March 4, 2008

By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Tuesday, March 4, 2008; Page A14

BEIJING, March 3 — Violent protests erupted in several southern Chinese fishing towns after residents heard that a chemical factory rejected as environmentally dangerous by the nearby city of Xiamen would be built in their area instead, witnesses and other residents said Monday.

The protesters, who began their uprising peacefully Thursday, clashed repeatedly with baton-wielding police Friday and Saturday in several towns near the Gulei Peninsula, about 50 miles southwest of Xiamen on the Taiwan Strait, they said. A dozen people were injured and carried away for treatment in local hospitals, and about 15 were arrested, according to demonstrators and their family members.”I have never seen anything like that before,” said a 19-year-old student who watched one of the clashes unfold. “As soon as I saw all the injured people, I left,” he added, identifying himself only as Chen.

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