Recent Food Recalls

Recent Food Recalls

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Food (except meat) Inquiries: Submit Your Question.

Phone: Call 1-888-SAFEFOOD    (1-888-723-3366)

Call weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Mail: Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Food and Drug Administration
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20740


Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products

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(TTY: 1-800-256-7072)

Call weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.


Pet Food

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Phone: Call the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine at 240-276-9300 and leave a message. Your question will be answered within 2 business days.


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Phone: Ask a Foodborne Illness Question (CDC) at
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Herbal Teas That Reduce Stress And Promote Relaxation

Herbal Teas That Reduce Stress And Promote Relaxation

Herbal Teas That Reduce Stress And Promote Relaxation

Teas have been used for centuries to help promote health and wellness. The process of drinking tea in and of itself can be relaxing. The warmth of the tea can be very relaxing and soothing. The teas that you drink can have an added bonus of providing a relaxing boost. We have compiled a list of some of the most relaxing teas along with how they are prepared.

Passion Flower Tea

This tea can help promote relaxation and relieve anxiety. Passionflower is so effective that Buzzfeed reports it is used to make a medication called Oxazepam that treats Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to go to your doctor to enjoy this great tea. To make this tea, all you need is one teaspoon of dried passionflower leaves to steep in a cup of hot water.

Chamomile Tea

Drinking a cup of Chamomile tea can make you feel relaxed and often helps people fall asleep. It is one of the main ingredients in the name brand Sleepy Time Tea. Chamomile has been used to help treat insomnia, relieve stress and anxiety, and it has a mild muscle relaxing capacity. All of these benefits can make it the perfect cup of calm right before bed.

To make this tea you need 3-4 tablespoons of dry chamomile, or you can steep fresh chamomile flowers.

Rose Tea

A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. Apparently, roses are not just good for their looks and smell. Rose petals can be used to make a calm evoking tea. Rose tea can help reduce stress and anxiety and tastes excellent!

To make this tea, you can use a tablespoon of dried rose petals. If you want, you can steep washed fresh rose petals as well. The fresh petals should be steeped for about ten minutes or until the petals turn dark.

Peppermint Tea

The menthol in peppermint is a natural muscle relaxant, and according to the Huffington Post, this makes it the perfect before bed tea. Peppermint tea works to relieve stress and anxiety, and it contains no caffeine. With peppermint tea, you may get the added bonus of digestive aide as peppermint can help settle a sour stomach.

To make a good peppermint tea, you can use 1 tablespoon of dried leaves. If you want to use fresh leaves, make sure to crush them before allowing them to simmer in boiling water for two minutes.

Ashwagandha Tea

This Indian tea has a mild sedative effect and has been shown to be safe for short-term use. The herb affects the central nervous system and slows the body’s response to stress. This is an adaptogenic herb, which can help the body relax while providing powerful antioxidants. This is one potent tea so make sure that you start slowly!

Dr. Oz recommends that this tea be made with boiled milk instead of water. You can add a half teaspoon of dried leaves to the boiled milk and let steep for about 15 minutes.

Kava Kava Tea

The Calm Clinic recommends that you get Kava tea from an herbal tea shop because it contains enough of the active ingredient to cause relaxation and stress reduction. This is a very strong herbal tea and should be taken with the permission of a physician because it can interact with some medications!

To make Kava tea you should combine it with something high in fat like butter or coconut milk. This creamy tea will have you relaxed in no time.

All of these herbal teas are great ways to help you relax at the end of a stressful day. They can be used to take time out of a busy day and keep you calm and focused.

Remember that since some of the herbal teas do cause drowsiness you should try them at home before bed first, before deciding to use them to help with daytime stress.


The Health Benefits of Licorice Root

The Health Benefits of Licorice Root

The Health Benefits of Licorice

There is nothing more distinct than the taste of licorice. This flavorful candy comes in black and red. While black licorice is a love hate relationship, you may be surprised to know that it doesn’t contain any actual licorice root.

The taste that we associate with “black licorice” is actually anise oil. In teas and other herbal medicines, the smell that people often think is licorice is actually anise.

Whether you love the taste of licorice or not, there is no denying the health benefits of licorice root. Licorice root has many healing properties when taken in small doses. Be careful when taking licorice to treat a medical condition, though, too much licorice can be toxic!

Medical Uses

  • Licorice is used intravenously to treat multiple forms of hepatitis
  • Licorice root is effective for treating eczema when applied as a gel
  • Treating heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues
  • Reducing stomach acids and treating peptic ulcers

Breaking Research

Licorice root is being studied in many different areas for effectiveness. One of those areas is in the treatment of obesity. According to the University of Maryland, people who ate licorice over a two month period had a reduction in body fat.

Another study showed that a topical ointment prepared from one of the acids found in licorice reduced the thickness of fat found on the thighs of human subjects.

Finally, a third study looked at the effects of licorice flavonoid oil. This was the most effective of the research studies aimed at analyzing licorice’s ability to help combat obesity.

Those who consumed the licorice flavonoid oil over an 8-week period saw a reduction in body fat, body mass index, LDL cholesterol, and body weight. There are more studies needed as the long-term health risks of licorice use are yet unknown.


Early findings point to licorice as a possible source of relief from hot flashes for women in menopause. The University of Maryland highlights a study that found licorice root to be more effective than hormone replacement therapy when treating hot flashes.

This may come as good news for many women who have learned that hormone replacement therapy may not be the safest option to treat their menopause symptoms.

Licorice is one root you do not want to play around with. Studies have shown that those who ingest more than 20 g of licorice a day may experience increased levels of aldosterone. This hormonal increase can cause headaches, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

If you already suffer from heart disease, kidney disease or high blood pressure, these negative effects could be seen with as little as 5 g of licorice root a day.

The National Institute for Health highlights a Finnish study of mothers who ate a lot of licorice root during their pregnancy. This study indicated that there might be a link between the consumption of licorice root during pregnancy and brain development issues in children leading to behavior issues, attention problems, and aggression.

Licorice root will interact with many prescription medications. There are major interactions noted on Web M.D. with the medications, Warfarin and Coumadin.

Those drugs with lower levels of interaction include but aren’t limited to:

  • Digoxin
  • Lasix
  • Medications changed in the liver
  • Ethacrynic Acid
  • Medications for high blood pressure
  • Corticosteroid
  • diuretics

Licorice root may have interactions that can complicate surgery. It is recommended that you stop taking licorice root 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery. In addition to surgical complications, licorice has been shown to lower libido in men.

It can also worsen the symptoms of erectile dysfunction by lowering levels of testosterone. These hormone-altering effects are also seen in women because licorice can act as a source of estrogen in the body. If you have hormone-sensitive conditions like uterine fibroids or breast cancer, you should avoid the use of licorice root.

Using licorice as a form of medicine should only be done so under the supervision of your physician. Even with their permission regular blood pressure, monitoring may be necessary to avoid any long- term damage.