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Eight Alabama Water Systems Under EPA Advisory For Industrial Contamination

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory warning of harmful industrial pollutants in 59 water systems nationwide has raised concerns in Alabama, where eight of the named water systems are located. The EPA advisory focuses on the presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS), man-made chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam, and a variety of other consumer products. Exposure to the chemicals over time, even in trace amounts, could promote serious health problems, the EPA warns. Some of the adverse health effects linked to PFOA ... Read More

Gas fireplaces, inserts and gas logs recalled due to risk of gas leak and fire hazard

Twenty thousand Hearth & Home Technologies®, Heat-N-Glo®, Heatilator®, Outdoor Lifestyles® and Quadra Fire® natural or propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets have been recalled, effective immediately, due to a hazardous gas valve leak in the products, creating a fire hazard. The recalled products were sold in fireplace stores around the country from May 2014 through July 2014 for between $1,200 and $8,000. The company is instructing customers to stop using the gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets, turn off the gas to the unites and contact the fireplace store where the unit was purchased to ... Read More

FDA asks for public feedback on proposed revisions to new food safety laws

In January of 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. Since this initial Act, the FDA has proposed several rules to implement FSMA, which aims to strengthen food safety by shifting the focus to preventing food safety problems rather than responding to problems after the fact. In recent months, the FDA has reached out to the general public for input concerning proposed revision to four of the rules regarding FSMA. The rules in question address the issues of produce safety, preventive controls for human food, preventive controls for animal food, ... Read More

Does baby powder cause ovarian cancer?

Talcum powder, also known as body powder or baby powder, offers a soft, pleasant-smelling way of keeping skin dry in order to prevent rashes, but it could cause more harm than good. A new analysis of eight research papers involving nearly 2,000 women found that those who used talcum powder on their genital areas were at a 20 to 30 percent greater risk of developing ovarian cancer. Talcum powder comes from the milling of talc rocks and contains minerals such as magnesium and silicon. The powder used to contain asbestos, known to cause mesothelioma, a type of cancer of the ... Read More

School’s baby powder ritual banned due to health hazards

A Michigan high school ritual has been labeled hazardous by school officials and is now banned from school sporting events. Students from Dexter High School have started clapping and spraying baby powder into the air during football games, creating huge clouds and a residual white dusting on those nearby. When the powder-puffing fans, about three dozen in total, moved the ritual indoors for basketball games, the fun turned into a frenzy. Visitors starting having breathing problems, and janitors were forced to clean up the mess during half time. The school’s principal issued a public statement asking students to stop tossing ... Read More

Group urges J&J to remove cancer-causing chemicals from shampoo

Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo is designed to be gentle enough for the youngest tots, but a coalition of health and environmental groups say the product actually contains dangerous cancer-causing chemicals. For more than two years, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has lobbied Johnson & Johnson to remove the chemicals dioxane and quaternium-15 from its baby shampoo. The health care company has refused, though it does make versions of the shampoo without the dangerous chemicals for other markets outside the United States. Members of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics say they have met with Johnson & Johnson representatives three times ... Read More

FDA warns adults not to overindulge in black licorice

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a word of warning during this season of abundant candy. Too much black licorice can be hazardous to your health. It’s true. You really can overdose on the old fashioned treat. If you’re 40 or older, eating a mere 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could trigger irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia. It’s caused by the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from the licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall, which can cause some people to experience abnormal heart ... Read More

Unsafe motorist sends gas tanker careening off New York highway

New York State Police say that an aggressive driver was the reason a gasoline tanker truck ran off the highway onto an embankment in Colonie, New York, Wednesday morning, illustrating perfectly how some motorists are completely ignorant about sharing the road with other vehicles, especially commercial trucks that are several times larger and heavier than passenger cars. The tanker truck owned by AR Sandri, Inc. of Greenfield, Mass, was traveling eastbound on Alternate Route 7 when the drivers of two vehicles, apparently engaged in an altercation and gesturing to each other, passed the truck in the passing lane. The driver ... Read More