Toothpaste Imported From China May Contain Diethylene Glycol

June 1, 2007

Audience: Consumers, healthcare professionals

[Posted 06/01/2007] FDA warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as "Made in China". The warning and an import alert were issued to prevent toothpaste containing a poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the United States from China. The substance is used in antifreeze and as a solvent. Although FDA is not aware of any U.S. reports of poisonings from toothpaste containing DEG, FDA is concerned about chronic exposure to DEG and exposure to the product in certain populations, such as children and individuals with kidney or liver disease. Toothpaste containing DEG has a low but meaningful risk of toxicity and injury to these populations. Consumers should examine their toothpaste and dispose of any products listing the ingredient "diethylene glycol" also known as "diglycol" or "diglycol stearate". See the News Release for the brands of toothpaste from China that contain DEG that are included in the import alert.

[June 01, 2007 - News Release - FDA]

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