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Popular diabetes drug recalled months after FDA issued cancer risk warning

Popular diabetes drug recalled months after FDA issued cancer risk warning

The same impurity that caused several blood pressure medication recalls last year is the source of another drug recall, this one involving a popular medication used to treat type-2 diabetes. The voluntary recall spans the entire United States and comes from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, which found that some of its metformin hydrochloride extended-release medication (sold as RIOMET ER) may have unacceptably high levels of an impurity called n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

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CDC warns dried fungus is behind a multi-state outbreak in the US

CDC warns dried fungus is behind a multi-state outbreak in the US

According to a new food safety alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dried fungus has been linked to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella in the United States, prompting a recall of the products. Wismettac Asian Foods has voluntarily recalled dried wood ear mushrooms (aka, dried black fungus / dried fungus) and the CDC is urging consumers to avoid eating the product due to the risk of illness.

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FDA issues over-the-counter drug warning after new TikTok challenge

FDA issues over-the-counter drug warning after new TikTok challenge

The US Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against misuse of over-the-counter drugs, after fears that the so-called "Benadryl Challenge" popular among some TikTok users could lead to injuries or even death. It's the latest warning from the FDA in a year with more than its share of drug concerns, as unofficial uses for medications - both prescription and otherwise - have proliferated among people fearful of COVID-19 and other diseases.

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FDA warns more dog food recalled over risk to pets and humans

FDA warns more dog food recalled over risk to pets and humans

Only days after the previous dog food recall, the FDA is drawing attention to another voluntary recall of dog food, this time over the risk of Salmonella contamination. The recall impacts one dog food brand and shouldn't be mistaken for the dog food recall from earlier this month, which involved the presence of a potentially deadly toxin that results from a naturally-occurring mold. As expected, dog food owners are advised to get rid of the potentially contaminated dog food to protect both their own and their pet's health.

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Hand sanitizer recalled because it’s not “Edible Alcohol”

Hand sanitizer recalled because it’s not “Edible Alcohol”

Bottles of hand sanitizer were voluntarily recalled this month because of a major label mistake. At some point in the design / pre-press process, the latest batch of Leafree Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera was labeled as "EDIBLE ALCOHOL." This substance should not have been labeled as edible, as it is not safe to ingest.

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FDA warns more thyroid drugs recalled because they’re not potent enough

FDA warns more thyroid drugs recalled because they’re not potent enough

On Thursday, September 17, the Food and Drug Administration brought attention to another voluntary recall of thyroid medication -- and as with the previous recall, the drugs may be too weak to properly treat those who take them. This follows a similar recall of thyroid medications issued in recent weeks, though that one was issued for the opposite reason: the drugs were too potent, putting patients at risk of becoming hyperthyroid and developing the risks associated with that.

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Fitbit ECG app cleared by FDA for heart health self-assessment

Fitbit ECG app cleared by FDA for heart health self-assessment

Today Fitbit was announced to gain FDA clearance for their new ECG app. Fitbit also received a CE mark in the European Union for their ECG app. This app will work with the Fitbit Sense, a wrist-bound smart fitness device that looks a lot like a watch but provides fitness tracking and health features aplenty.

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Popular dog food brands recalled over high levels of risky toxin

Popular dog food brands recalled over high levels of risky toxin

The FDA recently brought attention to a voluntary dog food recall that involves multiple popular brands, all of which have been recalled after random testing revealed unacceptably high levels of a risk toxin. Though consuming a small amount of this toxin -- called aflatoxin -- isn't likely to harm a pet, there are regulations in place that limit how much of this toxin can be present in dog food.

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Popular thyroid drugs recalled because they’re weaker than expected

Popular thyroid drugs recalled because they’re weaker than expected

Only weeks after multiple lots of thyroid medication were recalled over being too potent, the FDA is highlighting a new recall covering nearly 500 lots of popular thyroid meds -- this time because they're not potent enough. According to the recall notice, random testing of multiple lots found that the active amount of thyroid hormone in the medication was lower than expected, substantially so in some cases.

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All the recalled onions you can’t eat: Salmonella Summer 2020

All the recalled onions you can’t eat: Salmonella Summer 2020

Earlier this month we reported an onion recall that was part of an investigation into a potential Salmonella outbreak. Here on the 18th of August, 2020, the FDA, CDC, and public health and regulatory officials in the USA and Canada have expanded their investigation and confirmed an additional 229 ill people reported in this outbreak, 9 of whom were from states new to this investigation.

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FDA highlights ‘urgent’ food recalls to prevent salmonella outbreak

FDA highlights ‘urgent’ food recalls to prevent salmonella outbreak

The FDA is drawing attention to two big food recalls aimed at preventing new salmonella outbreaks. The agency published two advisories on its website on Wednesday and Thursday involving two big companies: HelloFresh and Aldi. The recalls span states across the nation and ultimately link back to the suppliers of the fresh produce -- peaches and onions, in this case.

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Huge recall reveals you may have recently eaten contaminated shrimp

Huge recall reveals you may have recently eaten contaminated shrimp

Last week, the FDA published an advisory pointing the public to a voluntary recall from Kader Exports, which is warning consumers to throw away certain shrimp products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. Because the discovery of this potential issue happened so late, the FDA notes that a considerable amount of this shrimp that was distributed -- possibly all of it -- may have already been eaten by unsuspecting consumers.

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