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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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http://biz.yahoo.com/nytimes/080307/1194753261069.html?.v=13

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China probes its role in Panama deaths

July 23, 2007

By AUDRA ANG, Associated Press Writer

BEIJING – China is investigating a state-owned trading company’s role in tainted medicine that killed at least 94 people in Panama, an official said Monday, as the European Union urged Beijing to be more vigilant about product safety.

Beijing battled international mistrust about Chinese exports…

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070723/ap_on_
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See also:
China Linked to Panama Cough Syrup Poisoning Deaths
http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-07-17-voa53.cfm