Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Toxic Toothpaste From China Shipped to Central America

China says it is investigating reports that toothpaste contaminated with a potentially lethal chemical had been exported to Central America.

Thousands of tubes of Chinese-made toothpaste have been confiscated in Panama and the Dominican Republic.

The toothpaste contains diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in engine coolants, authorities there say.

When those persnickety liberals suggest that free trade agreements need safety standards attached to them, this is the reason. We have already had thousands of dogs and cats poisoned this year. Now toothpaste has been contaminated. Perhaps we should make sure foods and household items are safe before we allow them into the country. Is that really too much to ask?