FDA has found a poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), in certain toothpastes imported from China. The agency increased its scrutiny and testing of imported toothpaste and dental products after receiving reports in late May 2007 of contaminated Chinese dental products found in several countries, including Panama.
The agency is warning consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China and, through an import alert, is stopping all suspect toothpaste from entering the United States. FDA continues to investigate this problem and will take further action, as appropriate, to address this important public safety issue. View News Updates
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Now this is what gets confusing. We, the consumers assume that if something we are shopping for is sold at a store, then it has to be safe. That a product would not be placed on the shelf of any store if there was even the slightest potential of something being wrong. WRONG!!!
Warning labels on containers refer only to toxic hazards from ingestion; however, only 10% of health problems from chemicals are caused by ingestion. 90% are caused by the inhalation of vapors and absorption of particles.
The United States of America Federal Code of Regulations exempts manufacturers from full labeling of products if used for personal, family or household care. [Source USA FCR: Section 1910.1200C, Title 29, Section 1500.82 2Q1A]
So this is my question. If Labeling laws allow a manufacturer to get away with NOT disclosing ALL ingredients, or labeling a name of an ingredient under a AKA (also knows as) name. How do we know what is really in the items that we buy? After all, the manufacturer does not have to disclose that information.
Once again I am going to touch on Formaldehyde. This commonly known preservative is being used in just about everything.... Ok, I won't go that far.... But I bet every person has some item in there house that has Formaldehyde in it. And you would not even know. Because our labeling laws make it so a manufacturer does not have to disclose that information on their labels. Or the manufacturer can use a different name for formaldehyde (AKA).
Take a look at what OSHA says. Click here.
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