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Got a baby or a toddler in the house? Time to get rid of that iguana. Pet reptiles--including all types of lizards, snakes and turtles--can be a source of life-threatening infections and do not belong in households with children younger than 5, according to a recommendation issued earlier this month by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reptiles also shouldn't be handled by small children or by anyone whose immune system doesn't work well, the agency cautioned.
March 24, 1988 | DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writer
Fish oil capsules, promoted as being capable of lowering cholesterol levels, may actually cause harmful side effects including internal bleeding in some individuals. The increasingly popular dietary supplements contain concentrations of omega 3s, a compound in fish that is thought to improve cardiovascular functions. Medical research has shown that omega 3s can facilitate the flow of blood to the heart by reducing accumulations of fat in arteries.
March 29, 1990 | DR. GLENN ERICSON, Ericson, a practicing Orange County veterinarian, is immediate-past-president of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Assn
Q: My roommate and I have a delightful Siamese/calico-mix feline that seems to prefer her canned food at room temperature. Our question: After removing her canned food from the refrigerator, is it advisable to leave it out so that it may gain the warm texture that she seems to like without the possibility of food contamination?
December 7, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Flame retardant chemicals that are known to be harmful to health have been found in a package of butter sampled in a Dallas grocery story, according to a study published Tuesday. This is the first reported case of food contamination that is thought to have resulted from the chemicals used in the food packaging. The chemicals are polybrominated diphenyl ethers -- or PBDEs. The chemicals are commonly found in electronic devices, fabrics and insulation. PBDEs are known to be harmful to animals and are suspected of disrupting human thyroid hormones.
In the first-ever product recall of a food because of its genetically engineered ingredients, Taco Bell brand taco shells are being pulled from supermarket shelves after tests confirmed the presence of an ingredient not approved for human consumption. The Taco Bell restaurant chain also said that, as a precautionary measure, it has begun substituting taco shells sold in its 7,000 locations nationwide. The Kraft Foods unit of Philip Morris Co.
November 21, 1985 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
New progress was reported Wednesday in secret talks aimed at ending the Southern California supermarket strike-lockout, but tensions continued to flare outside the bargaining sessions and there were more scattered incidents of violence. Negotiators for the Teamsters Union and the Food Employers Council met in their second secret bargaining session within three days. Although both sides agreed that progress had been made, they differed on its significance.
June 7, 1999 | From Times Wire Services
Egypt, Kuwait and Algeria on Sunday joined the ranks of countries curbing imports of Belgian meat and poultry as Prime Minister Jean-Luc Dehaene halted a reelection campaign to deal with a food contamination scare. The bans were announced despite new measures unveiled by Belgium on Saturday to reassure consumers and control Europe's worst food scandal since Britain's "mad cow" crisis.
June 16, 1985 | NANCY SKELTON and MARK GLADSTONE, Times Staff Writers
State officials investigating the deadliest episode of food contamination in California history began Saturday dismantling equipment at the Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. factory in Artesia, trying to find the source of the bacteria connected to at least 28 deaths. Authorities said their inquiry covered all facets of cheese production--the raw milk used to make the cheese, the pasteurization and cheese-making process, and the later handling and wrapping.
July 3, 1986
Landmark pesticide-reform legislation, the product of a laboriously negotiated agreement between manufacturers and environmentalists, has passed its first test in relatively good form. The measure, which would speed the testing of pesticide ingredients, has cleared the House Agriculture Committee intact. The full House and the Senate will take up the measure after the Fourth of July recess; speedy passage would be a clear victory for the public that the measure seeks to protect. The bill would strengthen the pesticide law known as the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, or FIFRA.
October 4, 1988 | United Press International
Federal tests detect only about half the pesticides that may contaminate fruits, vegetables and other food, and regulators are relatively unconcerned, a congressional report said Monday. The Office of Technology Assessment, the bipartisan research arm of Congress, found the multi-residue methods the Food and Drug Administration uses for most screening can detect only 163 of 316 pesticides registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
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