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Charges filed in case of poison toothpaste

Associated Press
Published March 7, 2008



Criminal charges have been filed against officials of two companies that prosecutors say imported and distributed nearly 90,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing a poisonous substance, city attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced Thursday.

The misdemeanor charges allege that Vernon Sales Inc. and Selective Imports Corp. sold toothpaste containing diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze and as a solvent.

One of the officials charged, Selective Imports vice president Yones Ghermezi, said he had not seen the charges but was shocked by the filing. All of the adulterated toothpaste was voluntarily pulled from shelves and from the company's inventory eight months ago and destroyed by the Food and Drug Administration last month, he said. "I thought the file had been closed," he said.

[Last modified March 7, 2008, 01:43:06]

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