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Thursday, July 17, 2014

7/17/14 Health News: Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition ♦ PHONY HEALTH CLAIMS ABOUT CACTUS JUICE ♦ SNAILS SEIZED THREAT TO HEALTH ♦ Inspections can’t keep up with food imports

Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition
It is a question being asked about children across India, where a long economic boom has done little to reduce the vast number of children who are malnourished and stunted, leaving them with mental and physical deficits that will haunt them their entire lives. Now, an emerging body of scientific studies suggest that Vivek and many of the 162 million other children under the age of 5 in the world who are malnourished are suffering less a lack of food than poor sanitation.Continue Reading
PHONY HEALTH CLAIMS ABOUT CACTUS JUICE RESULT IN $3.5-MILLION FTC SETTLEMENT
TriVita Inc. of Scottsdale, AZ, will refund $3.5 million to consumers for marketing its cactus juice as a cure-all for pain, inflammation, and respiratory and skin problems. All those health claims are unfounded, according to a unanimous Federal Trade Commission. The marketers of the cactus-based fruit drink have agreed to the refunds to settle FTC... Continue Reading
SNAILS SEIZED AT LA AIRPORT FOR THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH, AGRICULTURE, ECONOMY
U.S. officials confiscated 67 giant African snails at the Los Angeles International Airport on July 1, citing a triple threat to public health, agriculture and the economy. The snails, weighing 35 pounds total and coming from Nigeria, are prohibited in the U.S. because, among other things, they carry parasites that can lead to meningitis in... Continue Reading
Inspections can’t keep up with food imports

Are you reading this while eating? There’s at least a 15 percent chance your food or some of its ingredients was produced in one of 150 foreign countries. And there’s almost no chance that your imported food or the processing plant it comes from was inspected by U.S. regulators. The Food and Drug Administration is so understaffed and tests so little imported food that one former …continue reading

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