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Thursday, July 5, 2007
Potentially tainted toothpaste found on Massachusetts shelves
By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff
Massachusetts public-health authorities announced today that they have discovered tubes of toothpaste that may contain a dangerous chemical on store shelves in Boston and 11 other cities and towns.
The discovery comes as federal regulators report that some toothpaste made in China and elsewhere abroad contains diethylene glycol, a substance used in antifreeze. Long-term exposure to the chemical can cause kidney and liver problems.
The state Department of Public Health urged consumers not to use toothpaste falling into these categories:
Investigators from local health departments found about 160 tubes of toothpaste fitting those descriptions in shops in Amherst, Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Dedham, Lawrence, Lowell, Malden, Somerville, Sturbridge, Wellesley, and West Springfield. It is not known whether any of the tubes contains diethylene glycol, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Health said.
The state agency has asked local health authorities to inspect stores to determine if they carry the potentially contaminated toothpaste and to ask shop owners to discard it.
Consumers with questions or concerns should contact their local board of health or the Food Protection Program at the state Department of Public Health, at 617-983-6712.