Recent Food Recalls

Recent Food Recalls

Type of Food Resources:


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.

Closed Thursdays 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST

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

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Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products

Email: Send your question to mphotline.fsis@usda.gov.

Phone: Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854)

(TTY: 1-800-256-7072)

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

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Pet Food

Email: Send your question to CVMHomeP@cvm.fda.gov.

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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Illness or Food Poisoning

Email: Send your question to cdcinfo@cdc.gov.

Phone: Ask a Foodborne Illness Question (CDC) at
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).

(TTY:  1-888-232-6348.)

Call anytime, 24 hours a day, every day.

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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 10 Best Superfoods for Good Health

The 10 Best Superfoods for Good Health

The 10 Best Superfoods for Good Health

Good health is priceless as you are able to get more done in your day and a live, prosperous and healthy life.

It is necessary to take care of your body today so that it is strong enough as you get older to keep diseases at bay.

Eating good foods does not have to be expensive or take too much of your time to prepare if you plan well. Make sure to stock your fridge with healthy foods to avoid the temptation of getting take-out or eating junk.

Get rid of unhealthy foodstuff in your car or home that could tempt you to eat when you get hungry.

Super Foods

Below is a list of the ten best super foods that you should include in your shopping list.

Salmon

Salmon is full of omega 3 fats which are beneficial for heart health. Hence, people at a higher risk of heart attack should eat salmon a few times a week.

Salmon contains a chemical substance called tryptophan that is important in promoting better sleep. Salmon is great for improved brain health and highly recommended for children’s proper brain development.

It also increases bone density to prevent breaks in children and the elderly.

Almonds

These nuts contain good fats that help reduce bad cholesterol in the blood; besides they curb hunger to ensure one does not eat too much. Almonds make a great snack; in addition they contain vitamin B, magnesium, prosperous and copper which are necessary minerals for good health.

Chocolate

The darker the chocolate the better the nutrition; chocolate is full of antioxidants that get rid of toxins in the body. It is also believed to lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation in the body for better quality of life. Moderation is required when consuming this super food.

Blueberries

Blueberries have a lovely blue-purple hue that contains a chemical substance called anthocyanin which is an antioxidant. This antioxidant helps to fight prostate cancer, which, is a common killer in the world. They also reduce the risk of developing glaucoma when eaten regularly.

Beans

Not enough words can describe the goodness of beans; they are high in fiber which is essential for colon health. They contain easy to digest proteins for building and repair of muscles. They reduce bad cholesterol in the blood when eaten regular; besides they are affordable and available in most localities.

Eggs

An egg a day is good for you; eggs contain complete protein which the body digests slowly for continuous supply of energy which is beneficial when working out. An egg is one of the few foods that contain natural vitamin D which is essential for strong bones.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt contains proteins that help in the building of strong muscles. Besides it contains good bacteria that strengthen the immune system to fight diseases.

Quinoa

Quinoa is a seed that is high in amino acids, iron, prosperous and dietary fiber. People suffering from anemia will benefit from eating the seeds. Quinoa leaves are also eaten as greens; however they are not easily available in the market. The seeds when cooked can be added to salads for a sumptuous meal full of healthy goodness.

Broccoli

This is a vegetable in the cabbage family that is full of antioxidants that lower the risk of cancer when eaten often. Broccoli can be eaten raw or steamed to ensure the vitamins present are not damaged by high heat.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain dietary fiber ideal for digestive health; furthermore they contain beta carotene for good eyesight. Vitamin C present is necessary in healing and repair of the body caused by exposure to the elements.

 

Fun, Healthy Recipe Ideas for Kids That They Will Love

Fun, Healthy Recipe Ideas for Kids That They Will Love

Fun Healthy Recipe Ideas for Kids That They Will Love

Kids are picky eaters, leave them to their own choice and their daily meals might be in the form of sugar, sugar, sugar, maybe some cheese if you are lucky, and more sugar. Getting them to eat a healthy diet is really important; this is their developing stage, a diet that lacks essential nutrients might have lifelong consequences.

Now as a parent, convincing them to eat their wholesome veggies and the delicious fruits that you love, seems like a herculean task, but more than the famed strength of Hercules, guile is the noun that is required here. When it comes to kids, developing habits is important. You can do as the Houyhnhnms in Jonathan Swift’s classic novel, Gulliver’s Travels, did with their young ones, not let them taste anything sweet till they are five.

Their ignorance is bliss for you; but if that seems a bit too harsh for your taste, we have a few fun and healthy recipe ideas which will provide yours kids the nutrition they need, while still titillating their taste buds.

• The sugar – Kids love white sugar, which unfortunately has bare minimum nutrition value; it also gives them a rush which can make them a nuisance, or incredibly fun. In either case, replacing refined white sugar with an unrefined sugar has many benefits. A 2009 study showed that replacing white sugar with unrefined sugar means an increase in the daily antioxidant intake equal to the amount found in one serving of nuts of berries. Honey is also a good substitute in some dishes.

• The ice cream and fruits- Who doesn’t love ice cream? It brings out the kid in many adults too; but commercial ice cream has many disadvantages. The preservatives, food coloring, high amount of white sugar and more make them a delicious nightmare for parents. Kids love it and want to eat it all the time. Ditching the commercial ice cream and making your own ice cream at home puts you in control of what goes inside the ice cream.

Fruit based ice creams with unrefined sugar make for a delicious and healthy treat. You can choose 40% fruit pulp with 10% unrefined sugar, and the rest heavy cream to make a delicious ice cream. Experiment with different fruits and combinations, and you will find yourself enjoying it as much as your kid. You can opt for yoghurt instead of cream if you want a low fat frozen dessert.

• The vegetables- The dreaded vegetables, how can you make your kid like them? The task becomes even tougher if you can’t eat them yourself! A little tinkering and addition of some meat and natural cheese can make those vegetables incredibly savory. For the vegetarians and the vegans among us, a Thai style curry with rice can become your most used recipe. An orange or pineapple juice marinade with sautéed or grilled vegetables and some soy sauce is simple and tastes great. Experiment with flavors, a little more salty perhaps, or sweet, or maybe sour, you can be sure you will find a combination which your kids will love.

You can also try whole grain bread sandwiches and pastas with assorted vegetables. Kids enjoy wraps too!

Choose for low fat and less calorie dense sauces, a savory tomato and onion sauce cooked with herbs and different condiments is a good option along with mustard. You can also make a homemade mint sauce. There are endless possibilities when it comes to sauces, addition and changing the quantity of ingredients results in a completely different flavor.

Try these recipe ideas and ensure that your kids gets a healthy meal that is fun to cook and delicious to eat.

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.

Menopause

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.

Toxicity
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.

Interactions
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.