Thousands of tubes of contaminated Chinese-made toothpaste were shipped to state prisons and mental hospitals in Georgia, reports the Associated Press. Officials said they knew of no health problems stemming from the Chinese products. They said the toothpaste contaminated with diethylene glycol, often found in antifreeze, was immediately taken out of use as soon as federal officials notified the state about the problem.
A spokesman for North Carolina’s Department of Correction said that Pacific brand toothpaste was distributed to prisoners who could not afford to buy a name brand at prison stores. The tubes were taken away after trace amounts of DEG was found in them. They said there had been no illnesses reported, and that the toothpaste was being replaced with brands not manufactured in China.