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Monday, September 22, 2014

9/21/14 Health News: The FDA doesn't really know if our food is safe ♦ SCOTLAND’S FOOD SAFETY ♦ CREST PHASE OUT MICROBEADS IN TOOTHPASTE

CREST’S PARENT COMPANY PLANS TO PHASE OUT MICROBEADS IN TOOTHPASTE
A dental hygienist’s concern about the tiny blue dots she kept seeing in people’s mouths has led to an announcement from the parent company of Crest toothpaste that it will start phasing out the controversial ingredient over the next six months. Trish Walraven said she wondered what the little blue specks could be that she... Continue Reading
SCOTLAND’S FOOD SAFETY CHALLENGES REMAIN REGARDLESS OF VOTE OUTCOME
Scots will continue to have an appetite for porridge and kippers after the independence vote, but also remaining despite the outcome are Scotland’s food safety challenges. Foodborne illnesses strike about 132,000 Scots annually, sending 2,330 to hospitals and causing about 50 deaths. Who gets the bill for those damages — about 140 million British pounds... Continue Reading
The FDA doesn't really know if our food is safe
Even if an ingredient in packaged food sounds weird and unpronounceable, it must be safe because the FDA monitors that kind of stuff, right? Apparently not. Last week, the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, which represents big food and drink companies, unintentionally exposed just how messed up our food system is after it announced it would grant the FDA access to its database the industry uses to determine whether an ingredient is safe… Because, amazingly, the FDA didn’t already have that seemingly crucial information. Continue Reading

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