It has been confirmed that contaminated toothpaste exported from China has been shipped to many ports within the United States. The toothpaste reportedly contains a poison used in antifreeze and has turned up in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles and Miami.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers Friday that toothpaste imported from China could contain diethylene glycol (DEG) which is the same substance that is used as a solvent in antifreeze. The FDA advises any toothpaste with a “Made in China” label be thrown away to prevent exposure and illness to DEG which can be harmful.
To date, there have not been any reported cases in the U.S. but death and injuries have been reported in other countries as a result of ingesting DEG through cough syrup and acetaminophen syrup.
The toothpastes from China that contain DEG are:
Cooldent Fluoride, Cooldent Spearmint, Cooldent ICE, Dr. Cool, Everfresh Toothpaste, Superdent Toothpaste, Clean Rite Toothpaste, Oralmax Extreme, Oral Bright Fresh Spearmint Flavor, Bright Max Peppermint Flavor and ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste.
Manufacturers of these toothpaste products are:
Goldcredit International Enterprises Limited, Goldcredit International Trading Company Limited and Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals Company Limited.