The FDA recently advised consumers to discard all toothpaste made in China after federal health officials said they found Chinese-made toothpaste containing a poison in three locations: Miami, the Port of Los Angeles and Puerto Rico.
A New York Times article says:
Agency officials said they found toothpaste containing a small amount of diethylene glycol, a sweet, syrupy poison (which is used in automobile antifreeze), at a Dollar Plus retail store in Miami, sold under the brand name ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste. The F.D.A. also identified nine other brands of Chinese toothpaste that contain diethylene glycol, some with concentrations of 3 percent to 4 percent."
* emphasis mine
LogiPundit states that you should also avoid the following brands of toothpaste with may be tainted with the same poison: Cooldent Fluoride, Cooldent Spearmint, Cooldent ICE, Dr. Cool, Superdent, Clean Rite, Oralmax Extreme, Oral Bright, Bright Max, and ShiR Fresh Mint.
plez sez: in an effort to open up our markets to the world, we are also opening our citizens up to health dangers from afar. increased bouts of gastrointestinal illnesses and norovirus (Norwalk flu virus) (i was floored by one back in February of this year), salmonella outbreaks, e. coli in our food, pet foods tainted with materials used to make plastic, and now you can't even brush your teeth with confidence anymore. this country's problem isn't with the influx of immigrants from Mexico, it's with the barrage of unsafe food and products that we are ingesting on a daily basis which is coming into the US in an almost unregulated fashion (this article on the struggles of the FDA is quite chilling).
imagine that: a terrorist attack on the US via our food supply!
cheap labor overseas should begin to mean unsafe and sub-par quality for the people of the United States. until countries like china begin to regulate their exports to meet our specifications, maybe we should reduce (or stop) importing their foodstuffs until they do.
in the meantime, you may want to check that tube of toothpaste before you brush your teeth!