February 17, 2012

Human Carcinogen

1 Arsenic Found in Baby Formula, Cereal Bars

High levels of arsenic has been found in two baby formulas and some cereal bars with organic rice syrup as a primary ingredient, finds a study from Dartmouth College. The type of arsenic found in the food products is a human carcinogen. Researchers found arsenic in 2 of 17 baby formulas they tested. One sample had an arsenic concentration of 6 times the federal limit allowable in bottled or drinking water. This level could be toxic to infants who consume more liquid per pound of body weight than adults. Researchers also found arsenic levels 2 to 12 times higher than allowable limits in cereal bars that contained rice syrup or other forms of rice. Consumers may want to avoid infant formula and cereal bars containing brown rice syrup as a main ingredient says author Brian Jackson.

More at Www.latimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: High Levels of Arsenic Found in Rice

Tags: Arsenic, Cancer, Dartmouth College, Human Carcinogen, Arsenic Levels in Food, Arsenic in Rice, Arsenic in Baby Formula, Arsenic in Cereal Bars, Brian Jackson

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No Universal Tracking System

2 Trying to Catch Fake Drugs Difficult

The ability of a counterfeit version of the cancer drug Avastin to make it into the U.S. demonstrates a problem of tracking prescription drugs. Systems using bar codes and electronic tags that would confirm their authenticity have been suggested for over ten years but trying to coordinate federal agencies, professional groups and many industries have made it easy for all of them to avoid responsibility and the issues of cost and feasibility have hindered efforts. Distributors must have a license to sell prescription drugs to providers, but most state requirements are minimal. Unique codes would ensure drugs from manufacturers and distributors are the same. Pharmaceutical companies want to see changes on a national level. The FDA will propose a tracking system at the end of 2012.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Fake ExtenZe Contains Prescription Ingredients

Tags: Avastin, FDA, Prescription Drugs, Tracking System for Pharmaceuticals, Counterfeit Drugs

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