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FYI Arsenic in Rice?

FDA monitors hundreds of foods and beverages, looking for substances that could be harmful to consumers. Tese include rice and rice products, foods that FDA has specifically tested for the presence of inorganic arsenic, a chemical that under some circumstances has been associated with long-term health effects.

Te agency has analyzed nearly 200 samples of rice and rice products and is collecting about 1,000 more. Since rice is processed into many products, these samples include rice products such as cereals, rice beverages and rice cakes.

FDA has released the results of its initial testing, giving examples of inorganic arsenic found in individual samples. Te agency is not recommending that consumers change their consumption of rice and rice products at this time, but that people eat a balanced diet containing a wide variety of grains.

FDA Warns Hershey’s for Misleading Labeling

Te FDA sent a leter to Hershey’s stating that the front-of-package labeling about vitamin and mineral fortification on some of its chocolate syrup products is misleading, and failure to take action could result in regulation by the FDA.

Hershey’s® Syrup+Calcium and Hershey’s® Syrup Sugar Free with Vitamin & Mineral Fortification– were not actually fortified with enough calcium or other vitamins to be labeled as such.

Nutella got slapped too with for saying their chocolate spread was

good for kids?

Three Reasons to Save ‘Nemo’

Te latest version of Finding Nemo raked in $17 million at the box office in one weekend, but the real-life orange clownfish that inspired the movie is in serious trouble. Last week the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned to get Endangered Species Act protection for the clownfish and other species of coral-dependent damselfish threatened by ocean acidification.

A Big Mac has How MANY CALORIES??

McDonald’s announced that starting in September, calories for all items will be posted on menu boards and drive-thru menus in U.S. restaurants.Panera was the first major chain to post calories on menu boards back in April 2010.

Source: ruddcenter 6

In an op-ed in Te Huffington Post ,Center Oceans Director Miyoko Sakashita laid out the top three reasons these species need our help and need it soon: “From the oceans’ depths to the North Pole, our planet teems with wonders. But that amazing biodiversity is buckling. More than a third of Earth’s animal and plant species will be on the road to extinction by mid-century if we don’t get a handle on climate change. Wildlife just can’t adapt quickly enough to deal with the rapid changes caused by man-made global warming.”

Source:Biological Diversity October 2012

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