Grenada to destroy fake toothpaste from China


ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenadian officials Friday said they will destroy thousands of tubes of counterfeit toothpaste they suspected may be toxic and other goods recently shipped from China.

Simeon Collins, director of Grenada’s Bureau of Standards, indicated the improperly labeled toothpaste was believed to contain toxins including diethylene glycol, thickening agent often used as a low-cost substitute for glycerin.

Diethylene glycol is blamed for the deaths of at least 94 people in Panama since July 2006 after a misleadingly labeled shipment of the solvent, which originated in China, was mixed into cough syrup. Other suspect items seized from a shipping container from China included soap and preserved fruit.