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China Bans Diethylene Glycol As Toothpaste Ingredient

September 11, 2007

CHINA: Domestic enterprises are now forbidden from using diethylene glycol (DEG) as an ingredient in toothpaste after a number of countries banned the sale of toothpaste containing this chemical, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

In exceptional cases where the chemical finds its way into toothpaste mixed with other ingredients, quantities must not exceed limits set by importing countries or regions. Most Chinese toothpaste firms have abandoned DEG as a production raw material.

There is no definite criterion or quality limits on the use of DEG in toothpastes across the world, but the United States, Japan and Canada have all recently banned the selling of toothpaste containing this ingredient. This summer there was a massive recall on tainted Colgate toothpaste.

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