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BUSINESS BRIEFING / SAFETY

Times Wire Reports

A company that sold nearly 80,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing a poisonous ingredient has pleaded no contest to violating California’s health and safety code, prosecutors said.

Selective Imports Corp. of Vernon entered the plea Thursday to a misdemeanor health code violation of selling an adulterated drug product.

The company will be placed on three years of probation and must follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines for recalling the toothpaste, said Supervising Deputy City Atty. Jerry Baik.

The company also agreed to donate $33,000 to charity.

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