FDA Says Avoid Toothpaste From China, One US-Bound Shipment Found

The FDA is now warning US consumers to avoid any toothpaste made in China. If you do throw away the toothpaste, please make sure that it does not leak, and is not in a place where your pets can reach them. DEG has been known to be deadly to cats in particular. Pets may be drawn to these products due to their flavor. It’s also a very good idea to prevent pets from roaming into garbage.

The same caution should apply to pet toothpaste.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China, and issued an import alert to prevent toothpaste containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the United States.

DEG is used in antifreeze and as a solvent.

Consumers should examine toothpaste products for labeling that says the product is made in China. Out of an abundance of caution, FDA suggests that consumers throw away toothpaste with that labeling. FDA is concerned that these products may contain “diethylene glycol,” also known as “diglycol” or “diglycol stearate.”

The following brands have been identified:

  • 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
  • ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste

Full release after the jump.

(Thanks Joan)


FDA Advises Consumers to Avoid Toothpaste From China Containing Harmful Chemical
FDA Detains One Contaminated Shipment, Issues Import Alert

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today warned consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China, and issued an import alert to prevent toothpaste containing the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG) from entering the United States.

DEG is used in antifreeze and as a solvent.

Consumers should examine toothpaste products for labeling that says the product is made in China. Out of an abundance of caution, FDA suggests that consumers throw away toothpaste with that labeling. FDA is concerned that these products may contain “diethylene glycol,” also known as “diglycol” or “diglycol stearate.”

FDA is not aware of any U.S. reports of poisonings from toothpaste containing DEG. However, the agency is concerned about potential risks from chronic exposure to DEG and exposure to DEG in certain populations, such as children and individuals with kidney or liver disease. DEG in toothpaste has a low but meaningful risk of toxicity and injury to these populations. Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, but FDA is concerned about unintentional swallowing or ingestion of toothpaste containing DEG.

FDA has identified the following brands of toothpaste from China that contain DEG and are included in the import alert: 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 products are: Goldcredit International Enterprises Limited; Goldcredit International Trading Company Limited; and Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals Company Limited. The products typically are sold at low-cost, “bargain” retail outlets.

Based on reports of contaminated toothpaste from China found in several countries, including Panama, FDA increased its scrutiny and began sampling toothpaste and other dental products manufactured in China that were imported into the United States.

FDA inspectors identified and detained one shipment of toothpaste at the U.S. border, containing about 3 percent DEG by weight. In addition, FDA inspectors found and tested toothpaste products from China located at a distribution center and a retail store. The highest level found was between 3-4 percent by weight. The product at the retail store was not labeled as containing DEG but was found to contain the substance.

DEG poisoning is an important public safety issue. The agency is aware of reports of patient deaths and injuries in other countries over the past several years from ingesting DEG-contaminated pharmaceutical preparations, such as cough syrups and acetaminophen syrup. FDA recently issued a guidance document to urge U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers to be vigilant in assuring that glycerin, a sweetener commonly used worldwide in liquid over-the-counter and prescription drug products, is not contaminated with DEG.

FDA continues to investigate this problem. If FDA identifies other brands of toothpaste products containing DEG, FDA will take appropriate actions, including adding products and their manufacturers to the import alert to prevent them from entering the United States.

Consumers can report adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of these products to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm
(800) 332-1088

160 Responses to “FDA Says Avoid Toothpaste From China, One US-Bound Shipment Found”

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  1. timeshadowed says:

    The plan the govenment has in place will leave Americians jobless and broke. Take away our jobs, take away all government aid, pave and build our farmland and import ALL food from China while at the same time using our corn to run our cars!

    http://www.geocities.com/times.....llList.htm
    PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS BILL (2003) THAT WILL LEAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS UNEMPLOYED!

  2. Barbaram says:

    Sylvia,
    Fibromyalgia is not a newer problem. It’s been around for YEARS, but doctors didn’t have a name for it. I know because I have had it since I was around 10 years old. I am now 54. One of my doctors, which I’ve had many, found it around 1980-85, don’t know for sure what year. So, I think too this crap has been in our foods for a very long time. I have lots of other problems which I think has been food related and/or something to put on the skin, like Ruth said. What I have now doesn’t contain any of these things, but years ago I could have had these things & didn’t know it. I wonder what my life would have been like if I wouldn’t have gotten all these needless problems. Pain free sounds wonderful!

  3. Moony says:

    I’ve gotten to where I just flat out say ‘No thank you’ as soon as a Nutro rep tries to make eye contact, sometimes with a purposefully pissy tone. After the one visit to Petco where I was accosted three times, I decided to stop being nice…fortunately for them they were removed from the store for quite a while by the time of my next visit. Now they’re back, tho, so…heh heh heh…and make sure everyone in earshot hears me asking questions like ‘who manufactures your canned food’…heh heh heh…

    I’ve been toying with the idea of making up business cards with the URLs for itchmo and Pet Connection and stuff like lists of the suspect ingredients & poisons to hand out when I go into stores…

  4. Trudy Jackson says:

    Barbara, You’re right about that. But back then, we were using DDT. And China is using it on the crops it sends to us! That’s too scarey.

  5. Barbaram says:

    I had forgotten all about the DDT, & China uses it for us now? Well, they’re just sooooo thoughtful, aren’t they! Just have to keep the bugs away. We wouldn’t want any ground up BUGS in our food now would we? God forbid! They just send whole bugs to us so THEY can multiply here, like stink bugs & earwigs!

  6. Gerry says:

    DMS..Unless I dont get it isnt glycerine different than DEG? This isnt the same glycerine that has been in everything forever is it? Glycrine soap..rose water and glycerine. I never really knew what glycerine was. I just assumed it was safe cause it was so common. The way I understood it, they were using this DEG as a substutute for glycerine. Confused again…..To much for me to retain any more.

  7. DMS says:

    Gerry, the DEG is coming in marked as glycerine, at least it was in South America. There it was added to cough med and gall bladder med after which people were killed. There is definitely an article floating around somewhere on this site talking about it. I willl try to find later after the kids go to sleep. Now I believe the FDA is saying Chinese toothpaste may have glycerine listed as the ingredient and in some cases it is really DEG.

  8. Itchmo » Blog Archive » Recall Update: Monday says:

    […] FDA warns against toothpaste made in China. […]

  9. High Note says:

    About those Mason Shoes being U.S. Made? My dad only likes to buy U.S. products. He has for years. World War II Vet and all. He bought some shoes from Mason because he knew they were an American co. WEll He gets the shoes and they said MADE IN CHINA!!!!!! IT MADE HIM MAD! HE wrote the company a letter telling them he would not buy from them any more because he wanted American made shoes and that is what he thought he was getting!!

  10. ango says:

    Mason Shoes are misleading. It is their CATALOG that is American, not the shoes!

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