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Sales of E-cigarettes Expected to Increase Seventeenfold in the Next Fifteen Years

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With flavoring descriptions such as “an exotic fusion of pineapple and coconut with champagne infused blueberries” and “creamy milk chocolate and rich peanut butter flavors,” who can resist the draw of e-cigarettes? E-cigarette manufacturers have picked up on the increase of sales when there are a wide variety of flavors – more than 7,000 total so far – but public health experts are concerned with the addictive nature of nicotine in the vaping liquids, which opens the door to harmful chemicals sucked into the lungs. Many believe that e-cigarettes serve as a gateway to smoking tobacco, particularly for minors. E-cigarettes are far from “safe,” as ... Read More

Vaping Lowers a Person’s Chance of Successfully Quitting Cigarettes, Doctor Says

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Many people believe that smoking e-cigarettes, or vaping, is less toxic than using regular cigarettes, and that they’ll help with quitting regular cigarettes. However, there is little data and evidence to back those beliefs. Dr. Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, says that a person is not doing himself a favor by using e-cigarettes as a method of smoking cessation from regular cigarettes. Glantz has analyzed a number of studies that focused on the use of e-cigarettes to quit regular cigarettes. He found that vaping actually lowers a person’s chance of successfully quitting regular cigarettes by 28 percent. ... Read More

BEK Catering ordered to shut down seafood production due to multiple HACCP violations

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Following multiple inspections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), BEK Catering LLC and the United States have entered into a consent decree of permanent injunction, banning the company from receiving, processing, manufacturing, preparing, packing, holding or distributing food until it comes into compliance with FDA requirements. BEK Catering, a seafood business based in Daphne, Ala., operating under the name “Floppers Foods,” has been under scrutiny by the FDA after investigations between September 2011 and April 2015 uncovered repeated deviations from Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements. The seafood HACCP regulations were created with the intention of ... Read More

Texas Woman Diagnosed with Severe Lung Disease After Years of Occupational Diacetyl Exposure

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Julysabel Cerda is only 35 years old and had worked at a coffee roasting plant in Texas since 2007. Part of her everyday routine was climbing the ladder to the mezzanine at the top of a grinder where coffee beans were processed. She would stir the beans, inhaling aromas that are suspected of destroying her lungs. Only a year after working there, she began to notice being increasingly winded after climbing the same ladder every day. She was fit, healthy and active otherwise. She suspected something must be wrong. A cough persisted, her throat constantly felt dry, and she couldn’t figure out why ... Read More

General Mills flour recall prompts FDA and CDC to remind consumers raw flour can carry contaminates

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It seems just about everyone is aware of the dangers associated with consuming raw cookie dough, but what had seemed to be a foodborne illness caused by raw egg has now been linked to possibly E. coli tainted flour. According to new findings by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an E. coli outbreak responsible for sickening as many as 38 people across 20 states may be connected to flour manufactured by General Mills. The bacteria comes from an uncommon strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli known as 0212. Affected batches of the flour ... Read More

Former FDA commissioners explain difficulty in regulating dietary supplements

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Ensuring the safety of dietary supplements sold in the United States has been a constant uphill battle for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) given the agency’s limited resources and inability to act outside Congress, a panel of six former FDA commissioners said in a historic meeting in Aspen, Colo. The rapidly expanding industry of dietary supplements not only includes vitamin and mineral formulations, but it has grown to include those derived from herbs, glands, amino acids, and enzymes that are sold individually in any amount or in combinations, sold in tablets, capsules, gel caps, powders or liquids. In some cases, ... Read More

High Levels of Diacetyl Found in the Air at a Small Coffee Roasting Plant

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When diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a diacetyl substitute) was tested for in the air at a small coffee roasting plant, the levels were shockingly high, according to a study published last year by Toxicology Reports, an online journal. According to the study, green unroasted coffee beans contain little to no diacetyl or 2,3-pentanedione. It’s the roasting process that plumes the toxicity into the air, and if a facility doesn’t have proper ventilation, the concentrations could prove to be health-damaging. A second study published by Toxicology Reports by some of the same authors simulated a coffee-shop setting where the exposure to both the barista and ... Read More

Frozen vegetable recall announced due to potential Listeria; both Walmart and Target brands affected

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A frozen vegetable recall has been announced by the National Frozen Foods Corporation after learning the products may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. According to the recall notice, the frozen vegetable recall comprises of Walmart’s “Great Value” brand, as well as Target’s “Market Pantry” brand. First Green and Bountiful Harvest Green frozen food products are also included in this recall. All of the affected products were sold from Sept. 2, 2015, through June 2, 2016. “The recall was the result of a sample tested by the company which revealed that the finished products may potentially be contaminated with the bacteria,” ... Read More

Animal cracker recall announced after discovery of undeclared peanut residue

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Armour-Eckrich Meats LLC of Lisle, Ill., has announced an animal cracker recall comprising of its Armour® Snackmakers Keebler Animal Crackers. The company’s recall announcement was made following its discovery that the recalled animal crackers may have been contaminated by an undeclared peanut residue within its flour. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only consumers with severe peanut allergies should be wary of the recalled animal crackers considering the amount of peanut exposure from the flour is extremely low. Neither the company nor the FDA expect any adverse health effects to occur in the majority of consumers with ... Read More

FDA launches online tool to report problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Tobacco

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For anyone that has experienced an issue with e-cigarettes, regular cigarettes or cigars, hookahs and smokeless products, there is a new way to report the problem to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – by using a handy online tool. A first indication that a tobacco/nicotine product is defective is if it has a strange taste or smell. Any changes in health or breathing may indicate an unexpected health problem. These are all things that the FDA encourages anyone to report using The Department of Health and Human Services online safety reporting portal. Recent tests have suggested that vaping products contain diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a ... Read More