The NY Times reports:
“Chinese authorities are investigating whether two companies from this coastal region exported tainted toothpaste as more contaminated product, including some made forchildren, has turned up in Latin America.”
“Authorities in the Dominican Republic said they seized 36,000 tubes of toothpaste suspected of containing diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent and prime ingredient in some antifreeze…”
“Diethylene glycol is the same poison that the Panamanian government unwittingly mixed into cold medicine last year, killing at least 100 people. In that case, the poison falsely labeled as glycerin, a harmless syrup, originated in China, shipping records show. Diethylene glycol is generally less expensive than its chemical cousin glycerin.”
“‘We didn’t do this; we didn’t make the bad stuff,’ said Shi Lei, a manager at Danyang City Success. ‘It was probably someone else.’”
“Suspicion over China’s role in the tainted toothpaste and cold medicine comes just weeks after investigators blamed two Chinese companies for intentionally shipping pet food ingredients contaminated with an industrial chemical to the United States, leading to one of the largest pet food recalls in history. The cases are fueling mounting concerns about the quality and safety of China’s food and drug exports and threatening to turn into a trade dispute.”
“We didn’t make the bad stuff?” Nay, “It was probably someone else?” Hmm. Not the most convincing of refusals.
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