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First pet food, now cough medicine and toothpaste

18 June 2007

A couple of months ago batches of pet food were withdr from sale in various countries, including South Africa, because one of the ingredients, imported from China, was found to be contaminated with poisonous substances. that caused kidney failure.

Now, it seems, other products made from ingredients manufactured in China have been found to be contaminated with diethylene-glycol, an ingredient of radiator antifreeze, which also causes kidney failure.

It has been found in cough medicine sold in Haiti (where it resulted in the deaths of several children) and in toothpaste sold in the United States, allegedly made in South Africa, but apparently sold under a fake label.

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