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Tainted Toothpaste Used in Prisons, Hospitals

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Tainted Toothpaste Used in Prisons, Hospitals

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Tainted Toothpaste Used in Prisons, Hospitals

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Some 900,000 tubes of tainted toothpaste from China have shown up in U.S. hospitals for the mentally ill, prisons, juvenile detention centers and some hospitals, The New York Times reports. The FDA says the toothpaste has a "low, but meaningful, risk" for some people.

A Chinese government spokesperson made a rare response to rising fears about the safety of Chinese products, when he promised China was taking the concerns seriously. Also, earlier this week, Chinese inspectors announced they had closed 180 food factories because of a health risk.