Toothpaste Scare Widens—Again

Tainted tubes from China turn up in Georgia prisons, hospitals
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Jun 28, 2007 7:41 AM CDT
A member of the Customs Direction Office stands guard next to boxes containing tubes, displayed by authorities outside the boxes for the press, of tainted toothpaste in Santo Domingo, Thursday, May 24,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Chinese toothpaste scare is far from over and is more than just a scare. Tainted tubes have turned up, as expected, in discount stores—but officials have also found them in institutions such as prisons and hospitals, the Times reports. Nearly 1 million tubes containing varying amounts of a chemical found in antifreeze have been distributed, mostly in Georgia.

Some of the toothpaste turned up in Florida and the Carolinas, but the bulk belonged to the Georgia state government, which bought it in 2002 and had thousands of cases in inventory at correctional institutions and mental hospitals. Georgia was the largest institutional account for the American distributor, which said it will stop importing toothpaste from China.