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Perhaps you heard the brouhaha about tainted toothpaste coming from China. This was in the news a few weeks ago. Turns out, a nasty chemical called diethylene glycol was found in Chinese imported toothpaste in the Dominican Republic and Panama. What should be used is glycerin. The chemical, from what I read, is used in antifreeze. Great, I suppose, if you plan to smile a lot in below freezing weather. Then it might come in handy.
This toothpaste finding was not good news for China since they want people to feel like when they come to the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, they'll be able to brush their teeth. Not to mention all the toothpaste from China is sold all over the world. Can you say rinse and spit. . . rinse and spit. . . and rinse and spit?
Most of the time when I've traveled, I haven't worried too much about toothpaste brands when I haven't had my own with me. China is in the process of rectifying their dental hygiene situation. Still, yesterday there was another toothpaste scare. Counterfeit Colgate was found with this chemical in Canada--or supposedly, it was found. There are investigations in the works. Bottom-line, read the label. For a caution about soap, click here.