Welcome to “Weekly Highlights”, a weekend post that will recap important child health and safety news, research, and recalls from the week but also give us an avenue to share some of the other great reads we’ve come across in our internet travels. Happy weekend reading!
In the News:
CPSC Adopts Testing Requirements for Phthalates in Children’s Toys and Child Care Articles – Beginning December 31, 2011, third party testing should begin to ensure compliance with current federal phthalate limits.
What the USDA Doesn’t Want You to Know About Antibiotics and Factory Farms – A summary of recent academic findings addresses the growing problem of antibiotic resistant infections and their link to factory animal farms. Why have we been so slow to follow the lead of other countries? I take that back. I know why – $$$.
Casey Anthony Reportedly Seeking $1.5 Million for First Interview – That woman shouldn’t get a dime!
Americans, Demand Organic! – A new survey out from Thompson Reuters and NPR Health says 58% of Americans in every income range want organic food. Promising news!
FDA tests for Arsenic at US Mott’s plant – In response to last week’s news of arsenic in Mott’s apple products, FDA is collecting and testing samples.
CDC Still Listening to Youth Vaccination Debate – For the first time, the CDC asks for public input over a new meningitis vaccine which has been approved for babies as young as 9 months. Nice to see one government agency listening to the people.
Cadmium Limits Coming – Cadmium limits coming in Canada. EU and 5 US states have recently moved to do the same.
Furniture linked to PBDE (flame retardant) levels in pregnant women
A study of pregnant immigrants in California, where flammability standards are the strictest, found increased exposure to PBDEs in the U.S. relative to Mexico and evidence that the source of exposure is furniture in the home. For each year the women lived in the U.S., the level of PBDEs in their blood increased 4%. Higher levels were also found in the women who had 3 or more pieces of furniture in their homes.
A mother’s stress while she is pregnant can have a long-lasting effect on her children’s genes
A study of teens aged 10 to 19 years and their mothers involving a psychological study found that women abused during pregnancy were significantly more likely to have a child with dampened glucocorticoid-receptor gene activity, which is associated with an increased risk of obesity, depression, and auto-immune diseases. These genes relay signals from stress hormones in the blood in the regions of the brain that control behavior.
Recalls, July 23 – 29:
CPSC Child Product Recalls
- Bravo Sports Recalls Disney-Branded Pogo Sticks Due to Fall and Laceration Hazards
- Child Safety Latches and Outlet Covers Recalled by Prime-Line; Screw Breaks Can Allow Unintended Access
- Prime-Line Products Recalls Child Bathtub Non-Slip Pads Due To Fall Hazard
- Fisher-Price Recalls to Repair Little People Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagons due to Laceration Hazard
- Strollers Recalled by phil&teds USA Due to Risk of Injury from Brake Failure
Child Safety Seat Recalls
No child safety seat recall announcements this week.
- Arizona Firm Recalls Various Meat Products Produced Without Inspection
- Intercharm Inc. Issues A Nationwide Voluntary Recall Of Slim Forte Slimming Capsules, Slim Forte Slimming Coffee, And Meizitang Botanical Slimming Softgel Weight Loss Capsules Found To Contain Sibutramine
- Flying Food Group Recalls Additional Sandwiches, Parfaits, Wraps, Plates, Salads Because of Possible Health Risk
- Shata Trading Inc Issues Alert On Undeclared Sulfites In Three Rivers Brand Golden Raisins
- Finemost Corporation DBA Qualiherb Issues Voluntary Recall of Specific Lots of the Dietary Supplements containing Ephedrine Alkaloids
- Agromod Produce, Inc. Recalls Papaya Because Of Possible Health Risk
- GHSW, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Fruit Products Containing Papaya Due To Potential Salmonella Risk Associated With The Agromod Produce, Inc Papaya Recall
- Ohio Firm Recalls Jerky Products Due To Misbranding And An Undeclared Allergen
- Florida Firm Recalls Imported Beef Products Due To Potential Animal Drug Contaminant
- Ohio Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination
- Texas Firm Recalls Additional Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products for possible Listeria Contamination
- Georgia Firm Recalls More Ready-To-Eat Products for Possible Listeria Contamination
We’d love your feedback! What did you like? If there is anything you’d like us to add or change, we’d love to hear it! Have a lovely weekend! XOXO, Jasmine & Heather
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