Friday, 25 January 2008
Poison toothpaste alert in Botswana
Botswana is the latest country to warn consumers against buying Chinese manufactured toothpaste that contains Diethylene Glycol (DEG), a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent, according to AllAfrica. DEG is not recommended for use in food and drugs and it is said to contribute to mass poisoning in different parts of the world. Elsewhere the United States Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers to avoid using toothpaste labelled 'made in China'. The toothpaste is marketed under a product name but without the permission of the company that has the legal right to use that name.