Friday, March 7, 2008

Last Year's Headline on Today's News

Toxic toothpaste hits the streets

LOS ANGELES — Criminal charges have been filed against officials of a company that prosecutors say imported and distributed nearly 90,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing a poisonous substance and a wholesaler that supplied local stores with the tubes, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced Thursday.

Selective Imports Corp. sold the toothpaste containing diethylene glycol to distributors nationwide between December 2005 and May 2007, prosecutors said. Vernon Sales Inc. is accused of buying some of the tubes and reselling them to Los Angeles stores.

Vernon Sales President Kamyab Toofer and Vice President Pejman Mossay each were charged with 14 criminal counts of receiving, selling and delivering an adulterated drug.

Old Word Wolf has blamed sleeping, smoking, drinking, adolescent and lazy editors, but stuff like this goes beyond personal shortcomings of character. Literacy, anyone? As Nancy Reagan used to tell us, "Reading is Fun-da-mental!"

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