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Old May 7th 07, 02:32 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Toxic medicine in Panama traced to China

Beijing business sold counterfeit chemical that killed dozens of people
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18518915...15773?GT1=9951
NEW YORK - A Chinese factory was the source of a counterfeit chemical that
killed dozens of people in Panama after it was used in human medications, a
newspaper reported.

The New York Times reported in its Sunday editions that records and
interviews revealed the poison was first sold by Chinese companies that
exported it as 99.5 percent pure glycerin. The source of the chemical was
then obscured as middlemen in Spain and Panama removed the names of their
suppliers from shipping documents - a practice used by distributors to
ensure continued business.

Panama's government health agency used the substance to produce medicines,
not realizing that it was diethylene glycol, a chemical cousin of antifreeze
that can cause kidney and neurological damage if ingested.

The Times said investigators in four countries identified Taixing Glycerine
Factory as the maker of the poison. That company's certificate of analysis
said the shipment was 99.5 percent pure, the Times reported.

The sale of the syrup was brokered by a unit of a state-owned business in
Beijing, the article said. From there, it went to a distributor in
Barcelona, Spain, and on to a dealer in Panama.

No one in China has been charged with causing the Panamanian deaths. An
unidentified Chinese drug official told the Times that investigators tested
the Taixing Glycerine Factory's product and found it contained no glycerine.
But a spokeswoman for the drug agency said the company had not broken any
laws.

Wan Qigang, the legal representative for the factory, told the Times last
year that the company made only industrial-grade glycerin. But more recently
it has been advertising 99.5 percent pure glycerine on the Internet, the
Times said. Wan declined to answer further questions.

Concerns about the safety of imports from China rose in the U.S. after pet
food containing a Chinese ingredient was found to be tainted with another
industrial chemical, melamine. The poison has killed or sickened an unknown
number of dogs and cats and led to the recall of more than 100 brands of pet
food.


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Old May 7th 07, 08:10 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Hey Sharon, do me a favor? China apparently exports a lot of vet drugs.
Are there any in your clinic that have made in China on them?

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Old May 7th 07, 09:17 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
Sharon Too
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Hey Sharon, do me a favor? China apparently exports a lot of vet drugs.
Are there any in your clinic that have made in China on them?


I have no idea. I will take a cursary look in the next couple days. I'm off
until Thursday to deal with family stuff.


 




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