17,000 units of Shir toothpaste has been added to the product recall of toothpaste made in China. The toothpaste contains diethylene glycol, a toxic agent found in anti-freeze. All brands of Shir toothpaste are affected by the recall.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently has increased its scrutiny of toothpaste made in China that contains the chemical, which can cause kidney and liver problems.
The recall follows reports of contamination in several countries, including Panama, where diethylene glycol was blamed for the deaths of 51 people after they took tainted cold medicine. China has admitted it was the source of the deadly chemical but insists it was originally labeled as for industrial use only.
The company has asked consumers to throw the toothpaste away or return it to the store for a refund. The FDA has warned consumers to not use any toothpaste made in China.