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Criminal Charges Filed in Toxic Toothpaste Case


NPR's business news starts with toxic toothpaste and criminal charges.

The criminal charges have been filed against four men involved in importing and distributing toothpaste that contained a toxic substance. Prosecutors say the toothpaste was distributed in the United States from December 2005 until May 2007 and ended up in prisons and some hotels.


It contained a chemical commonly used in antifreeze and it can cause kidney and liver damage. The manufacturer in China had used it as a cheaper replacement for the usual toothpaste thickener, and the scandal added to fears about Chinese imports.

Also yesterday, the Senate approved a bill that would toughen consumer product safety laws. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.