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Almost 75% of rice products marketed at children in the UK contain illegal levels of inorganic arsenic, a new study has found.
Researchers from the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast have warned that babies and children are exposed to dangerous amounts of the toxic chemical, despite new regulations set by the EU. In January 2016, the EU imposed a maximum limit of inorganic arsenic on manufacturers, but the research has found that little has changed since this law was passed.
The study, which has been published in the PLOS journal, compared the level of arsenic in urine samples among 79 infants who were breast-fed or formula-fed. It found a higher concentration of arsenic in formula-fed children and after testing 73 different rice-based products often given to babies, they found almost 80 per cent of rice crackers, 61 per cent of baby rice and 32 per cent of rice cereals broke EU law.
The authors say this makes babies and children are more susceptible to the damaging effects associated with the toxic chemical, which could lead to developmental problems, heart disease, diabetes and nervous system damage.
'This research has shown direct evidence that babies are exposed to illegal levels of arsenic despite the EU regulation to specifically address this health challenge,' lead author Professor Meharg said.
"Babies are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of arsenic that can prevent the healthy development of a baby's growth, IQ and immune system to name but a few."
Arsenic gets into rice because it is 'naturally present in the environment', the Food Standards Agency explains. 'It's impossible to eliminate it from food. However, having too much arsenic in our diet could be harmful to health,' the organisation adds.
The study highlights that rice typically has 10 times more inorganic arsenic than other food products and because babies and young children eat around three times more food on a body weight basis than adults, they have three times greater exposure to inorganic arsenic from the same food item. The researchers are now calling for food manufacturers to cut the the amount of arsenic in their products aimed at children.
'Simple measures can be taken to dramatically reduce the arsenic in these products so there is no excuse for manufacturers to be selling baby food products with such harmful levels of this carcinogenic substance,' Professor Meharg added.
Parents have been advised to buy rice products with the lowest amount of arsenic and the FSA recommends avoiding giving rice drinks to children under five. 'We advise that toddlers and young children (ages 1 to 4.5 years) should not be given rice drinks as a substitute for breast milk, infant formula or cows' milk. This is because of their proportionally higher milk consumption and lower bodyweight compared to other consumers.'
April 15th 2017
Nestle has recalled a batch of its KitKat Bites and warned people with nut or peanut allergies to be "especially vigilant" after incorrectly packaging the chocolates.
The confectioner said it is recalling bags of KitKat Original Milk Chocolate Bites as they may have been incorrectly packed with peanut butter chocolates.
A company spokesman said: "Although these packs are clearly labelled with 'may contain peanuts and nuts' there is a risk to anyone with a nut or peanut allergy who may consume their contents without realising.
"Although these products are otherwise safe to consume we are making this recall as a precaution.
"This does not affect any other KitKat products."
Nestle said the product affected is the 104g KitKat Bites pouch bag, with the line code 12311184 and batch code 70720457V2.
People who have bought the chocolates are advised not to eat them but return them to Nestle, with a full refund.
Anyone concerned about the issue should contact Nestle on 0800 604 604.
PRODUCT RECALL August 1st 2016
Major supermarket own-brand yoghurts are amongst 23 being recalled over fears they contain rubber.
Health fears sparked the recall of ASDA, the Co-op, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose products, manufactured by Yeo Valley.
Own brand yoghurts as well as Collective Dairy packs are affected by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) notice.
The FSA said the products "may contain small pieces of rubber".
Officials added: "If you have bought any of the above products, do not eat them. Instead, follow the advice on the point-of-sale notices."
It comes just days after IKEA was forced to urgently recall a number of its chocolate bars after they were found to contain nuts.
The retailer called on customers with nut allergies not to eat any of the chocolate bars affected and instead to bring them back to a branch of the shopping giant
See a full list of the yoghurts affected by the recall below
Product: Asda Extra Special Scottish Raspberry West Country Yogurt Brand : Asda Extra Special Use by: 4 August 2016, 15 August 2016 Pack size : 150gProduct: Asda Fat Free Red Cherry Yogurt Brand : Asda Pack size : 450g Use by dates: 13 August 2016, 14 August 2016, 17 August 2016
Product: Asda Fat Free Red Cherry Yogurt (4 pack) Brand : Asda Pack size : 4 x 125g Use by dates: 13 August 2016
Product : Asda Low Fat Coconut Yogurt Brand : Asda 'Use by' dates: 3 August 2016, 7 August 2016 Pack size : 450g
Product: Asda Low Fat Lemon 4 pack Yogurt Brand: Asda 'Use by' dates : 5 August 2016, 12 August 2016 Pack size :4 x 125g
Product: Asda Low Fat Lemon Yogurt 450g Brand : Asda Use by dates: 11 August 2016, 15 August 2016 Pack size : 450g
Product: Asda Low Fat Mango & Passion fruit Yoghurt Brand : Asda Use by dates : 30 July 2016, 3 August 2016, 6 August 2016 Pack size : 450g
Product: Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt Brand : Collective Dairy Use by dates: 6 August 2016, 12 August 2016, 13 August 2016, 15 August 2016, 18 August 2016, 20 August 2016 Pack size : 150g
Product : Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt Brand : Collective Dairy Use by date: 9 August 2016, 11 August 2016, 18 August 2016, 21 August 2016 Pack size: 450g
Product : Co-op Rise & Shine Greek Style Yogurt and Raspberry Brand : Co-op 'Use by' dates : All Use By dates up to and including 4 August 2016 Pack-size : 160g
Product: Co-Op Strawberry and Raspberry Low fat Yogurts (4 x 100g) Brand : Co-op Low Fat 'Use by' dates: All Use By dates up to and including 15 August 2016 Pack size : 4 x 100g
Product: Co-op Truly Irresistible Limited Edition Mango, Brazilian Orange and Coconut Yogurt (150g) Brand : Co-op Truly Irresistible 'Use by' dates: All Use by dates up to and including 8 August 2016 Pack size: 150g
Product: Sainsbury's Basics Fruit Selection Yogurts (2x strawberry 2x peach) Brand : Sainsbury's Basics 'Use by' dates: 30 JUL through to 18 AUG Pack size : 4 x 125g
Product: Sainsbury’s Basics Strawberry Yogurt Brand : Sainsbury’s basics Use by : 30 JUL through to 17 AUG Pack size : 125g
Product : Tesco Finest Strawberries & Cream Yoghurt Brand : Tesco Finest '‘Use by' dates : 30 July 2016, 4 August 2016, 7 August 2016, 12 August 2016, 16 August 2016 Pack size : 150g
Product: Tesco Low Fat Coconut Yoghurt 450g Product : Tesco 'Use by' date : 8 August 2016
Product: Tesco Low Fat Lemon Yoghurt Brand : Tesco 'Use by' dates: 5 August 2016, 10 August 2016, 11 August 2016, 14 August 2016, 18 August 2016 Pack size : 450g
Product: Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt Brand : Collective Dairy 'Use by' dates: 6 August 2016, 12 August 2016, 13 August 2016, 15 August 2016, 18 August 2016, 20 August 2016 Pack size : 150g
Product : 125g Deliciously fruity raspberry low fat yogurt Pack Size: 125g 'Use by' dates : 30 JUL through to 15 AUG
Product: Fragrant, creamy Scottish raspberry yogurt Pack Size: 150g 'Use by' dates: 30 JUL through to 15 AUG
Product: Multipack Deliciously fruity low fat yogurt 2 strawberry, 2 raspberry Pack Size : 4x 125g 'Use by' dates : 30 JUL through to 15 AUG
Product : The Collective Dairy wild blueberry yoghurt Brand : The Collective Dairy Pack Size: 450g 'Use by' dates : 6 August 2016 through to 21 August 2016
Product: The Collective Dairy Wild Blueberry Yoghurt Brand: The Collective Dairy Pack size: 150g 'Use by' dates : 6 August 2016 through to 21 August 2016
Medical warning food item withdrawn
China's food safety watchdog has asked three milk producers in central Shaanxi province to recall substandard infant formula milk powder and urged local authorities to punish the firms severely if they have broken the law.
China Food and Drug Administration said on its website on Tuesday that excessive nitrate was found in five batches of milk powder products made by Shaanxi Guanshan Dairy and tested earlier this year.
Higher than standard levels of selenium were found in another two batches of milk powder produced by Xi'an Guanshan Dairy and Shengtang Industry. All the products were made from goat's milk.
The watchdog said nitrate itself was harmless but could become toxic if it encountered particular kinds of bacteria, and that food safety regulators had yet to approve selenium as a nutrient suitable to be used in infant milk formula.
Almost weekly we have news of a food item on the supermarket shelves that is unsafe to use.
Usually because it contains something that shouldn’t win sometimes because it has been sabotaged, because of the speed with which production lines operate in the food factories and the vast quantities of prepared and prepackaged food that we consume, despite batch production if a fault is discovered it can involve many thousands of items.
If you take the trouble to check the items that you buy in
your supermarket. Look where the product came from, you will see that the most
common items are sourced from all over the world, so the markets are constantly
looking for the best suppliers and the best by supermarket standards is usually
the cheapest, unfortunately production standards are not the universal and overseas production standards are not always up to scratch
It is only because we have an efficient food sampling system that these disasters are brought to light, the authorities are continually sampling the food on our supermarket shelves, the other danger comes from people that deliberately sabotage the quality of the products by tampering with the packaging, they do this by stealing one or more packages off the shelves, doing their dirty work in private and then surreptitiously replacing the packages, the reasons why they do this can be that they have a grudge against the company or they are just suffering from a mental abnormality.
The recent example of contaminated baby milk products sourced from a foreign country and distributed in vast quantities throughout the civilized world is a typical example of how thorough our food sampling is and how easy it is for these items to get to the consumer. this milk product intended for consumption by babies was on the shelf for some months and was consumed in vast quantities by children in many countries, fortunately the contamination was not fatal and to my knowledge no reports of any sickness have been filed
Fortunately with modern communication systems these dangerous situations can be monitored easily and warnings issued by local government, civil defense, police, local radio and television.Home Page - medical - withdrawn-food
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