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China, U.S. consumer protection MOU

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

As FDA and other agencies continue tests to determine whether bulk food and drug ingredients from China are contaminated, the Federal Trade Commission announces a memorandum of understanding with its Chinese counterpart to promote consumer protection cooperation. The non-binding MOU, which covers all products including drugs and dietary supplements, comes after FTC and China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce began work on consumer protection issues. "This is sort of a formal strengthening of the relationship that we agreed," says Jackie Dizdul, of FTC's Office of Public Affairs. FDA has ordered the detention without physical examination of all dentifrice products including aerosols, liquids, toothpastes and tooth powders with or without fluoride containing diethylene glycol after a sampling assignment discovered DEG in several Chinese products (1"The Tan Sheet" June 4, 2007, In Brief)

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