- Company says it can reduce melamine testing time from 30 minutes to just 6 minutes.
- Testing Your Own Pet Food?
- FDA releases peer review of their safety assessment.
- Canadian firm files class action — but New Brunswick has no class action law.
Peer Review Highlights:
“There may be other data sources from studies of similar compounds pertinent for consideration; for example, one reviewer suggested that we consider studies that were conducted to evaluate the toxicity and metabolism of “triazine” pesticide compounds.
Multiple sources of exposure should be considered, as there could be an additive effect. For example, one reviewer suggested that there may be exposure to melamine and its analogues from plastic products.
Although one reviewer stated that “there is no evidence of bioaccumulation,” other reviewers suggested that a scenario focused on possible chronic toxicity from longer duration exposure should be considered.
There should be some consideration of possible formation of other (more toxic) compounds such as might be created during heating.
Finally, there was a consensus among the peer reviewers additional research is needed.
Food Safety News:
- Fake ingredients risk our health as well as out pets’ health, especially through supplements.
- Discount stores more likely to carry counterfeit products.
- Fake toothpaste sold in NJ, NY, PA and MD in discount retail stores
- And is recalled the day before by the company that imported it.
- UPDATED 9:20am Pacific: More toothpaste from China recalled. Details after the jump.
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MainStar America, LLC Issues Urgent Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Toothpaste
Mr. Ernesto H. Botta
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Miami, FL — June 13, 2007 â€“ MainStar America, LLC, Miami, Florida, is initiating a nationwide recall in accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the toothpaste made in China involving:
* Lot #20060708 â€“ Item # 160-850 Dr. Cool Toothpaste 120 GR./4 OZ.
UPC # 6926597170008
* Lot #20060708 â€“ Item # 160-852 Superdent Toothpaste 120 GR./4 OZ
UPC # 6926597170015
* Lot #20060708 â€“ Item # 160-860 Everfresh Smile2 Toothpaste 25 GR./ 1 OZ.
UPC # 6926597089539
This recall has been initiated because the products may contain the poisonous chemical diethylene glycol (DEG). DEG is used in antifreeze and as a solvent, and is a Central Nervous System depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin.
PLEASE RETURN ALL PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY TO THE STORES WHICH YOU PURCHASED THEM.
CONSUMERS WHO HAVE THE PRODUCTS SHOULD STOP USING/ RETURN / THROW AWAY.
Retailers immediately examine your inventory and quarantine product subject to recall. In addition, if you may have further distributed this product, please identify your customers and notify them at once of this product recall. Your notification to your customers may be enhanced by including a copy of this recall notification.
This voluntarily nationwide recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No injuries or illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Adverse Reactions or quality problems experience with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or fax.
Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 available at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm
Mail to MedWatch 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787