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Colgate, Cheetos among imported goods rejected

(Shanghai Daily)

14:22, June 03, 2013

FORTY kilograms of Colgate toothpaste and 62 kilograms of Cheetos snacks were among 196 imported food and cosmetic items found to have quality-related problems in April, China's top quality watchdog said on its website yesterday.

The goods were either destroyed or sent back and did not flow into domestic markets, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

The toothpaste was destroyed at the Zhuhai Port, Guangdong Province, for containing less fluoride than required by China's standards. The toothpaste was produced by US-based Colgate-Palmolive in Thailand.

Fluoride-containing compounds are widely used in toothpaste as they could help prevent tooth decay.

Cheetos Crunchy Cheese Flavored Snacks made by Frito-Lay Inc in the United States were also destroyed in Zhuhai for containing genetic modified substances. While there is no solid proof that genetically modified substances are harmful, officials said, China requires companies to list any GM products on packages.

Containers of White Glove skincare gel of Elizabeth Arden imported from the US and Kraft peanut butter imported from Australia were destroyed in Hainan and Hunan provinces, respectively, for being past the expiration date.

The products that failed included frozen fish and shrimp, milk, baby formula, beverages, chocolate, cheese, honey, biscuits, snacks, red grape wine and alcohol. Some had expired or contained excessive bacteria, metals or banned additives.

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