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Romaine Lettuce Tainted with E. coli
Consumers who purchased Romaine Lettuce recently are still getting sick after eating romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. “The outbreak has sickened 23 more people, bringing the total to 122 cases identified since April 10, 2018. More than half of those who've gotten sick have been hospitalized, and one person has died.
The CDC and the FDA also said, “It's possible that the tainted lettuce is still on store shelves.” The bulk of the nation's romaine production was from Yuma, Ariz., which was identified by the agencies as the source of the outbreak.
Consumers should not eat romaine lettuce until the CDC and FDA are certain the tainted lettuce has been removed from stores and restaurants.
E. coli is a group of bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract of people and animals. Certain strains of E. coli can cause food poisoning symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting, but can cause organ failure. The O157:H7 strain involved in this romaine outbreak is a Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC). Shiga-toxin has caused severe illness, including bloody diarrhea and, in certain cases, hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure that can be fatal. The bacteria contaminate plants such as soy nut butter, flour, alfalfa sprouts, spinach and leafy greens., animals, and on some occasion’s human waste
What is food defense and why is it important? Food defense is the protection of food products from contamination or adulteration intended to cause public health harm or economic disruption. The food system within the United States continues to increase in complexity, diversity, and reliance upon interconnected domestic and global systems. Concurrently, the threat landscape and potential sources of intentional adulteration continue to evolve and increase in complexity, which could ultimately have a powerful impact on public health and the economy.
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Exercise to Control Obesity
Good nutrition, physical activity, and a healthy body weight are
essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being. Together, these can help decrease a person’s risk of developing serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. A healthful diet, regular physical activity, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight also are
paramount to managing health conditions so they do not worsen over time.
Most Americans, however, do not eat a healthful diet and are not
physically active at levels needed to maintain proper health. Adults in the U.S. consume fruit about 1.1 times per day and vegetables about 1.6 times per day; adolescents showed even lower intake. Across age and gender, Americans' average daily fruit and vegetable consumption does not meet intake recommendations. Compounding this is the fact that a majority of adults (81.6%) and adolescents (81.8%) do not get the recommended amount of physical activity.
As a result of these behaviors, the Nation has experienced a dramatic increase in obesity. Today, approximately 1 in 3 adults (34.0%) and 1 in 6 children and adolescents (16.2%) are obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, which are among the leading causes of death. In addition to grave health consequences, overweight and obesity significantly increase medical costs and pose a staggering burden on the U.S. medical care delivery system.
Ensuring that all Americans eat a healthful diet, participate in regular physical activity, and achieve and maintain a healthy body weight is critical to improving the health of Americans at every age.
Deceptive Practices: FDA, FTC take action against companies misleading kids with e-liquids that resemble children’s juice boxes, candies and cookies
The FDA is making an effort to protect children from the dangers of nicotine and tobacco products, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued 13 warning letters to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for selling e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling and/or advertising that cause them to resemble kid-friendly food products, such as juice boxes, candy or cookies, some of them with cartoon-like imagery. Several of the companies receiving warning letters were also cited for illegally selling the products to minors.
“No child should be using any tobacco product, and no tobacco products should be marketed in a way that endangers kids – especially by using imagery that misleads them into thinking the products are things they’d eat or drink. Looking at these side-to-side comparisons is alarming. It is easy to see how a child could confuse these e-liquid products for something they believe they’ve consumed before – like a juice box. These are preventable accidents that have the potential to result in serious harm or even death. Companies selling these products have a responsibility to ensure they aren’t putting children in harm’s way or enticing youth use, and we’ll continue to take action against those who sell tobacco products to youth and market products in this egregious fashion,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “While we continue to encourage the development of potentially less harmful forms of nicotine delivery for currently addicted adult smokers, we will not allow that work to come at the expense of our children. The FDA remains committed to important efforts to restrict youth access, limit youth appeal and reduce toxic exposure to youth from all tobacco products – and we’ll continue to address these issues from every angle. We’re going to be taking a series of escalating actions under our new Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, beginning with our actions last week targeting JUUL products, and continuing with today’s effort with our partners at the FTC. We appreciate the FTC joining us in these actions.”
Some examples of the products outlined in the warning letters, and being sold through multiple online retailers, include: “One Mad Hit Juice Box,” which resembles children’s apple juice boxes, such as Tree Top-brand juice boxes; “Vape Heads Sour Smurf Sauce,” which resembles War Heads candy; and “V'Nilla Cookies & Milk,” which resembles Nilla Wafer and Golden Oreo cookies. Other products include “Whip’d Strawberry,” which resembles Reddi-wip dairy whipped topping, and “Twirly Pop,” which not only resembles a Unicorn Pop lollipop but is shipped with one.