19 May 2007

Merchant of Death

First cough syrup... now toothpaste.

I don't know about you, but from now on, I'm checking labels for country of origin, every time I go shopping...

Diethylene glycol, a poisonous ingredient in some antifreeze, has been found in 6,000 tubes of toothpaste in Panama, and customs officials there said yesterday that the product appeared to have originated in China.

“Our preliminary information is that it came from China, but we don’t know that with certainty yet,” said Daniel Delgado Diamante, Panama’s director of customs. “We are still checking all the possible imports to see if there could be other shipments.”
Hmmm... why does this sound so familiar?
Diethylene glycol is the same poison that the Panamanian government inadvertently mixed into cold medicine last year, killing at least 100 people.

Records show that in that episode the poison, falsely labeled as glycerin, a harmless syrup, also originated in China.

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Canadianna said...

Don't think I'll be doing any shopping at the dollar store any time soon.

But you know, the thing that scares me is the fake 'brand name' products. At the hockey arena where my kids play, they have the vending machines. One of my kids bought a Mars and the other a Twix. They were both knockoffs. They looked almost identical.

We've bought batteries Zellers and it was the same. Fakes that looked like Duracell.

It's scary.

Neo Conservative said...

we bought my son a toy gun at a dollar store and a while later later noticed a recall of this item in the paper.

it seems the chinese manufacturer was putting contaminated soil in the handles of the toys, purportedly as a counter-weight... you must be aware how small boys always insist on a finely balanced plastic rifle...

funny how it also facilitated the disposal of contaminated -- whatever that actually means -- chinese soil.


Red Tory said...

A toy gun made with toxic material. Ah, the irony.

Neo Conservative said...

"Red Tory said... A toy gun made with toxic material. Ah, the irony."

see... here's an important difference between someone like red tory and myself...

my first reaction was outrage and anger, as in... "what kind of a person would put toxic waste in a child's toy?"

red just thinks it's funny.


Canadianna said...

Irony? What that a toy gun is potentially deadly?

Even those of us with a wry sense of humour have difficulty reckoning that one.