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FDA Cautions Against DEG-containing Toothpaste from China
Posted: June 5, 2007
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DEG poisoning is an important public safety issue, reports the FDA. The agency is aware of reports of patient deaths and injuries in other countries over the past several years from ingesting DEG-contaminated pharmaceutical preparations, such as cough syrups and acetaminophen syrup. Thus, the FDA recently issued a guidance document to urge US pharmaceutical manufacturers to be vigilant in assuring that glycerin, a sweetener commonly used worldwide in liquid over-the-counter and prescription drug products, is not contaminated with DEG.
The FDA continues to investigate this problem and if other brands of toothpaste products containing DEG are identified, the agency states it will take appropriate actions, including adding products and their manufacturers to the import alert to prevent them from entering the United States.