Monday, October 1, 2007

The Man who Started it All

International Herald Tribune has the story of Eduardo Arias, the Panamanian who discovered the diethylene glycol (DEG)-tainted toothpaste from China. DEG is a common anti-freeze and is toxic to humans.

Arias' discovery led to the recall of millions of tubes of toothpaste in 34 countries, including the United States. DEG was also discovered to have been mixed in cough syrup, which led to the deaths of 138 Panamanians last year.

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