Toxic Toothpaste

A leading supplier of toiletries for hotels and resorts is recalling worldwide complimentary tubes of toothpaste made in China after tests showed some may contain a potentially toxic chemical.

It was the latest in a series of recalls of Chinese-made goods -
toothpaste, children's toys, tires and pet food - because of shoddy
and perhaps dangerous manufacturing methods.

Gilchrist & Soames is recalling its 18-milliliter or 0.65-ounce tubes with the name Gilchrist & Soames on it. The company says that some samples showed the tubes contained diethylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze and can be toxic to the kidneys and liver.

"They're just kind of the little complimentary size you get in the hotels, and it's branded Gilchrist & Soames," said Cindy Duran, a spokeswoman for the company, which is based in Indianapolis.

The Food and Drug Administration is not aware of any U.S.
reports of poisonings from the toothpaste, according to a statement
from the company.

This is the latest in a series of recalls of Chinese-made goods -
toothpaste, children's toys, tires and pet food - because of shoddy
and perhaps dangerous manufacturing methods


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