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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued another warning last week about chicken jerky dog treats. Since September 2007, veterinarians and dog owners around the nation have been reporting to the FDA cases in which chicken jerky dog treats, with all or some ingredients originating in China, appear to be causing illness and death in dogs. An increased number of complaints have been noted in the past year.
Arsenic and apple juice. Not words you like to see in the same sentence.
There has been publicity recently over the amount of arsenic in the apple juice that many children drink.
But the Food and Drug Administration has every confidence in the safety of apple juice.
Donald Zink, Ph.D, senior science advisor at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), explains that arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally occurring substance or as a result of contamination from human activity. It is found in water, air, food, and soil in organic and inorganic forms.
As a result, small amounts of arsenic can be found in certain food and beverage products—including fruit juices and juice concentrates.
“As a parent and grandparent myself, I understand the concern over recent reports that arsenic has been found in apple juice,” says Zink.
But, he says, there is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices, Zink says. And FDA has been testing them for years.
What are Sharps?
“Sharps” is a medical term for devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin.
Examples of sharps include:
- Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin
- Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body
- Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.
- Auto Injectors, including epinephrine and insulin pens – syringes pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body
- Infusion sets – tubing systems with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.
- Connection needles/sets – needles that connect to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis.
Sharps may be used at home, at work, and while traveling to manage the medical conditions of people or their pets. These medical conditions include allergies, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, infertility, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, blood clotting disorders, and psoriasis.
There are about 9 million Americans who use needles or other sharps to manage their medical conditions at home. This amounts to more than 3 billion used needles and other sharps that must be disposed of outside health care settings each year.1
About Nutrition . . .
Fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthful diet. They contain high quality protein and other essential nutrients . . . can be low in saturated fat . . . and may contain omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health and children's growth and development.
. . . and Safety
But, as with any type of food, it's important to handle seafood safely in order to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Follow these basic food safety tips for buying, preparing, and storing fish and shellfish - and you and your family can safely enjoy the fine taste and good nutrition of seafood.
Shopping for seafood
Buying from a retailer who follows proper food handling practices helps assure that the seafood you buy is safe - and helps maintain the quality of the seafood too. Be sure to check out a market's seafood counter carefully to see whether the seller is practicing proper food handling techniques. Ask yourself: What is my general impression of this facility? Does it look and smell clean?
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