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Toxic toothpaste

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The Republic of Panama Ministry of Health confirmed the presence of toxic diethylene glycol in samples of Chinese toothpastes Excel Past Dentrifica toothpaste and Mr. Cool toothpaste. Products were analyzed by the Specialized Institute of Analysis of the University of Panama. The toothpastes, which entered the country in February, had a percentage of diethylene glycol of 2.5%, and are reportedly blamed in the deaths of at least 51 people. Federal investigation is ongoing. FDA recently released a guidance stressing pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and compounding pharmacists include tests for diethylene glycol content in received glycerine lots, reflecting the growing concern about vulnerabilities in the global supply chain (1"The Tan Sheet" May 7, 2007, p. 15)...

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