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Deadly Toothpaste

By queenbee88     Jun 1, 2007 in World
Nicaragua is just the latest in areas to seize contaminated Chinese toothpaste.
Police in Nicaragua seized over 40,000 tubes of Chinese-made toothpaste yesterday. This is the same toothpaste that contained a chemical responsible for killing 51 people in Panama last year.
Diethylene glycol, a chemical used in anti-freeze and brakes, is the deadly material. The U.S. has already stopped shipments from entering the country. In Nicaragua the scare continues. Police fear that 80,000 tubes, labeled "Excel" or "Mr. Cool" might still be on shelves. In Honduras, 250 tubes were seized and taken in for testing. Panama and Costa Rica have already cracked down and taken the deadly paste off market shelves. The local governments are asking the citizens to not use any toothpaste that could have possibly come into the country as contra band.
China is now blaming Panama for the whole problem. They say Panama labeled the chemical as medical and not lethal. The chemical has also been used in cough syrup and other medicines. Two Panama executives are now being held as suspects for selling the deadly chemical to a government health agency.
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