Liquid mercury found in Hong Kong canned meat
Food authorities in Hong Kong have raised the alarm that up to 48,000 cans of pork luncheon meat contaminated with liquid mercury could be on the market in the territory. —The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) said up to1,000 cases of Greatwall Brand Chopped Pork and Ham may be tainted with the substance. The agency said it became aware of the problem after a complaint that one of the 340g tins contained 0.4g of silvery droplets that were later confirmed to be the toxic metal. —Following the announcement, the body said it had run tests on 13 more samples of the same product of different batches from the local market. Preliminary examination had not revealed mercury droplets – although more detailed test results were pending. —Distributor Yuen Tai Trading Co has issued a full recall as a precautionary measure. —A CFS spokesman called on trader to stop selling the concerned batch of products and warned consumers not to eat them. —Liquid mercury is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract although significant health concerns after its ingestion are unlikely, said a CFS statement[U1]. –“Liquid mercury is not involved in the manufacturing process of the concerned canned product,” said the spokesman. “The CFS has informed the relevant Mainland authority of the finding. The incident is still under investigation. The CFS will closely monitor the situation with appropriate follow up actions.” —Mercury is a heavy metal that occurs in several forms, all of which can produce toxic effects in high enough doses. Toxic effects include damage to the brain, kidney, and lungs. Mercury poisoning can result in several diseases, including acrodynia (pink disease), Hunter-Russell syndrome, and Minamata disease
Rosenroot (Rhodiola rosea): traditional use, chemical composition, pharmacology and clinical efficacy.
Phytomedicine. 2010 Jun;17(7):481-93–Authors: Panossian A, Wikman G, Sarris J
The aim of this review article was to summarize accumulated information related to chemical composition, pharmacological activity, traditional and official use of Rhodiola rosea L. in medicine. In total approximately 140 compounds were isolated from roots and rhizome [U2]- monoterpene alcohols and their glycosides, cyanogenic glycosides, aryl glycosides, phenylethanoids, phenylpropanoids and their glycosides, flavonoids, flavonlignans, proanthocyanidins and gallic acid derivatives. Studies on isolated organs, tissues, cells and enzymes have revealed that Rhodiola preparations exhibit adaptogenic effect including, neuroprotective, cardioprotectiv e, anti-fatigue, antidepressive, anxiolytic, nootropic, life-span increasing effects and CNS stimulating activity. A number of clinical trials demonstrate that repeated administration of R. rosea extract SHR-5 exerts an anti-fatigue effect that increases mental performance (particularly the ability to concentrate in healthy subjects), and reduces burnout in patients with fatigue syndrome. Encouraging results exist for the use of Rhodiola in mild to moderate depression, and generalized anxiety. Several mechanisms of action possibly contributing to the clinical effect have been identified for Rhodiola extracts. They include interactions with HPA-system (cortisol-reducing), protein kinases p-JNK, nitric oxide, and defense mechanism proteins (e.g. heat shock proteins Hsp 70 and FoxO/DAF-16). Lack of interaction with other drugs and adverse effects in the course of clinical trials make it potentially attractive for use as a safe medication. In conclusion, Rhodiola rosea has robust traditional and pharmacological evidence of use in fatigue, and emerging evidence supporting cognition and mood.—PMID: 20378318 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised study of single dose effects of ADAPT-232 on cognitive functions. Rhodiola Rosea
Phytomedicine. 2010 Jun;17(7):494-9–Authors: Aslanyan G, Amroyan E, Gabrielyan E, Nylander M, Wikman G, Panossian A
The aim of this study was to assess the effect of a single dose of ADAPT-232 (a standardised fixed combination of Rhodiola rosea L., Schisandra chinensis (Turcz.) Baill., and Eleutherococcus senticosus Maxim)[U3] extracts on mental performance, such as attention, speed and accuracy, in tired individuals performing stressful cognitive tasks. The pilot study (phase IIa) clinical trial took the form of a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, with two parallel groups. Forty healthy females aged between 20-68 years, who claimed to have felt stressed over a long period of time due to living under psychologically stressful conditions were selected to participate in the pilot study. In addition, a Stroop Colour-Word test (Stroop CW) was used to exhaust/prepare the volunteers prior to the d2 test used for assessment of cognitive function of patients. The participants were randomised into two groups, one (n=20) of which received a single tablet of ADAPT-232 (270mg), while a second (n=20) received a single tablet of placebo. The effects of the extract were measured prior to treatment and two hours after treatment using the d2 Test of Attention (d2). The results of the d2 test showed a significant difference (p<0.05) in attention, speed, and accuracy (TN-E scores) between the two treatment groups. The subjects in the ADAPT-232 group quickly (two hours after verum was taken) gained improved attention and increased speed and accuracy during stressful cognitive tasks, in comparison to placebo. There was also a tendency of ADAPT-232 to reduce percentage of errors, which means better accuracy, quality of the work, and degree of care in the volunteers under stressful conditions. No serious side effects were reported, although a few minor adverse events, such as sleepiness and cold extremities, were observed in both treatment groups.–PMID: 20374974 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
Recipe with Rhodiola Combo with Siberian ginseng and Shizandra—take equal parts of Siberian Ginseng ( adaptogen) Schizandra ( adaptogen as well as liver Protectant) and Rhodiola Rosea ( try to get the one fro either Russia—Sweden—Alaska—these have the better chemical balance—add this to a pint of water in a pot and bring to boil and drink—do not drink this past 4 pm in the afternoon or it will activate brain and stimulate the cerebral cortex–Will definitely boost the immune system—will definitely see more endurance and stamina—will definitely see an improvement in mental acquity
Green tea maker battles “government’s speech or none at all”
Green tea manufacturer Fleminger is suing the Food and Drug Administration for restricting the use of approved health claims linking green tea and breast and prostate cancer. —The Connecticut-based company has been using “commercial claims” based around green tea, qualified health claims the FDA issued in 2005, but was targeted by the FDA in February for doing this, prompting its current action. The FDA said the company’s Tea for Life brand was making unauthorized drug claims and ordered it to justify or amend its claim making. –Fleminger’s subsequent complaint, lodged in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut, accuses the FDA of violating principles of free speech enshrined in the First Amendment by forcing it to use the, “government’s speech or none at all.” —-It says the FDA is forcing potential claim-makers into, “remaining silent, or risking adverse action for its own commercial speech in violation of the First Amendment”. —The action states the FDA failed to use the, “least restrictive means of preventing any alleged deception of consumers who choose to purchase [Plaintiff’s] green tea.” –The action follows a recent Washington DC court verdict that found in favor of the Alliance for Natural Health USA, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, and the Coalition Against FDA and FTC Censorship who sued the FDA over qualified health claims. —The court said FDA disclaimers for selenium claims in relation to certain cancers and respiratory and digestive health benefits must be redrafted. –According to a blog written by Alexander Varond and Diane McColl at Washington DC-based Hyman, Phelps and McNamara a similar verdict, “would send yet another strong signal to the agency that FDA needs to revamp its strict approach toward food and dietary supplements qualified health claims.”
Suppression of commercial speech
But New York-based food and drug attorney, Marc Ullman, from Ullman, Shapiro and Ullman, said the kind of claim-making that had prompted the FDA to issue a warning letter to Tea for Life, would be difficult to defend in a court of law. –These included claims that Tea for Life could improve cancer treatments, act as an antiviral agent and battle Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. –“While the latter claims might fit within that health claim box, it does not appear that the company ever requested promulgation of a regulation relating to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases,” Ullman said. –“That would seem to be a condition precedent to any type of valid challenge to FDA on those claims.” —The fact a claim was not misleading did not necessarily validate its existence in the marketplace, he added. –“It is well settled case law that the US Government can suppress commercial speech, even if arguably truthful, where there is a compelling public interest in doing so,” Ullman said. —“There seems to be a movement within the industry espousing the idea that if something is true, supplement companies should be able to say it. This concept, however, simply ignores the fact that what you say about your product can make it a drug and that the Court’s have repeatedly upheld FDA’s authority to regulate drugs.” Jonathan Emord, from Emord and Associates in Virginia, highlighted the 1999 case in which the FDA was first requested to alter qualified health claim disclaimers, Pearson v Shalala. —“The FDA has yet to comply with the constitutional mandate given it in Pearson v Shalala that it favor disclosure over suppression and rely on succinct and accurate disclaimers to eliminate misleadingness. Every act of FDA suppression stemming from its unconstitutional approach from 1999 to the present is unconstitutional, including this one.” –The FDA-approved qualified health claims for green tea are: “Two studies do not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, but one weaker, more limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer.”– “One weak and limited study does not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer, but another weak and limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk. Based, on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer
STUDY 1– Chemoprevention of Head and Neck Cancer with Green Tea Polyphenols.
Kim JW, Amin AR, Shin DM.
Authors’ Affiliations: 1J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program, Emory University School of Medicine and 2Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.
Recently, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck chemoprevention research has made major advances with novel clinical trial designs suited for the purpose, use of biomarkers to identify high-risk patients, and the emergence of numerous molecularly targeted agents and natural dietary compounds. Among many natural compounds, green tea polyphenols, particularly (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), possess remarkable potential as chemopreventive agents. EGCG modulates several key molecular signaling pathways at multiple levels and has synergistic or additive effects when combined with many other natural or synthetic compounds. This review will provide an update of the potential of green tea polyphenols, particularly EGCG, for the chemoprevention of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Cancer Prev Res; 3(8); 900-9. (c)2010 AACR.
STUDY 2— Cancer chemoprevention by tea polyphenols through modulating signal transduction pathways.
Lin JK.—Institute of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei. [email protected]
The action mechanisms of several chemopreventive agents derived from herbal medicine and edible plants have become attractive issues in cancer research. Tea is the most widely consumed beverage worldwide. Recently, the cancer chemopreventive actions of tea have been intensively investigated. It have been demonstrated that the active principles of tea were attributed to their tea polyphenols. Recently, tremendous progress has been made in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of cancer chemoprevention by tea and tea polyphenols. The suppression of various tumor biomarkers including growth factor receptor tyrosine kinases, cytokine receptor kinases, PI3K, phosphatases, ras, raf, MAPK cascades, N x FB, I x B kinase, PKA, PKB, PKC, c-jun, c-fos, c-myc, cdks, cyclins, and related transducing proteins by tea polyphenols has been studied in our laboratory and others. The I x B kinase (IKK) activity in LPS-activated murine macrophages (RAW 264.7 cells) was found to be inhibited by various tea polyphenols including (-) epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), theaflavin (TF-1), theaflavin-3-gallate (TF-2) and theaflavin-3,3′-digallate (TF-3). TF-3 inhibited IKK activity in activated macrophages more strongly than did the other tea polyphenols. TF-3 inhibited both IKK1 and IKK2 activity and prevented the degradation of I x B x and I x B x in activated macrophage cells. The results suggested that the inhibition of IKK activity by TF-3 and other tea polyphenols could occur by a direct effect on IKKs or on upstream events in the signal transduction pathway. TF-3 and other tea polyphenols blocked phosphorylation of IB from the cytosolic fraction, inhibited NFB activity and inhibited increases in inducible nitric oxide synthase levels in activated macrophage. TF-3 and other tea polyphenols also inhibited strongly the activities of xanthine oxidase, cyclooxygenase, EGF-receptor tyrosine kinase and protein kinase C. These results suggest that TF-3 and other tea polyphenols may exert their cancer chemoprevention through suppressing tumor promotion and inflammation by blocking signal transduction. The mechanisms of this inhibition may be due to the blockade of the mitogenic and differentiating signals through modulating EGFR function, MAPK cascades, NFkappaB activation as well as c-myc, c-jun and c-fos expression.–PMID: 12433185 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
[U1]This is a snow job—to play down the poisonous nature of this mineral the question arising here is why would it even be in the proximity of food let alone it is in there —Unless it was intentionally put there!!!
[U2]Roots are at the bottom of the plant where usually growing under gorund-Rhizomw
[U3]Rhodiola Rosea—Schizndra berry and Siberian Ginseng—the study was done on this back in the nineties with the tri effect and synergy of the 3 herbs—and the results were astounding
Show of the Week August 6 2010
Clone farm’s milk is on sale Food watchdog investigates after dairy farmer’s astonishing admission
Brandt Meat Packers issues recall on meats
Potassium for bone—and foods of Potassium
Clone farm’s milk is on sale Food watchdog investigates after dairy farmer’s astonishing admission
Milk from the offspring of cloned cows is secretly – and illegally – going into high street shops. –Despite deep unease among consumers, the milk is not being labelled or identified in any way, leaving shoppers in the dark about what they are drinking. The dairy farmer involved said he wanted to remain anonymous because the British public regards cloning as so distasteful that buyers would stop taking his milk. Cloning controversy: Milk from the calves of a cloned cow is being sold illegally in Britain -Last night the Food Standards Agency said it would investigate. It told the Mail that it believes the sale of milk from such cows is illegal under food regulations. -Research has identified serious concerns for the health and well-being of animals produced as a result of cloning. There is evidence of premature births, deformities and early death. –The cows being used to produce the controversial milk start life in the U.S. as embryos created from the eggs of cloned prize-winning Holstein cows and the sperm of normal bulls. -The embryos are frozen and flown to the UK, where they are implanted into host cows. –The resulting supersize animals can be used to produce massive quantities of milk and for breeding purposes. –Dolly the Sheep was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell–The Mail blew the whistle on this trade in ‘clone farm’ cows more than three years ago following the birth of Dundee Paradise on a farm in Shropshire.–Subsequently, we revealed that a total of eight such calves were born on British farms. –It now appears that milk from at least one of these animals, and possibly many more, is being sold for human consumption. —
The Mail revelations in 2007 were a complete surprise to the Government’s food and farming department, Defra, and the FSA, which had no knowledge of the births. Subsequently, the EU and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a major investigation in order to decide on how to handle the controversial technology. As a result, earlier this month, Euro MPs voted in favour of a ban on meat and milk from clones and their offspring going into human food without approval. However, the regime has not yet been passed into law. Details of the claims that clone farm milk is reaching the public appeared in the respected International Herald Tribune. It said a British dairy farmer had admitted using milk from a cow bred from a clone as part of his daily production. –The man said he was also selling embryos from the same cow to breeders in Canada. He said part of the reason he was staying anonymous was that he did not want to be required to get rid of a valuable cow. An FSA spokesman said: ‘Since 2007 the FSA interpretation of the law has been that meat and products from clones and their offspring are considered novel foods and would therefore need to be authorised before being placed on the market. ‘As the UK authority responsible for accepting novel food applications, the agency has not received any applications relating to cloning and no authorisations have been made.-‘The agency will, of course, investigate any reports of unauthorised novel foods entering the food chain.’ European experts have not identified a food safety risk associated with cloning. But some campaigners claim it could allow new diseases to pass from farm animals to humans. The RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) are among a number of groups opposed to farm animal cloning for food. The chief policy adviser to CiWF, Peter Stevenson, said: ‘ I would be appalled if milk from a clone offspring cow is coming into the food chain in the UK.
‘As the farmer has acknowledged, the public is deeply concerned about this and does not want it. ‘If this is happening, it demonstrates that there are very serious loopholes in the way food production is policed in this country. ‘The Government has known these animals were in the country for at least three years, but it appears to have done nothing to ensure any milk or meat is not reaching the public.’ A study conducted by the FSA found widespread opposition to clone farming and food. Dr Steve Griggs, who led the research, said: ‘The majority of people came to the conclusion that they would not want to eat such food. The overwhelming majority either did not want it or were unsure. ‘They struggled to identify any convincing benefits for them as consumers. ‘There were concerns about the ethical side of animal cloning, indeed whether we have the moral right to go down this road.’ ● Do you know who the farmer is? If so, contact the Daily Mail newsdesk on 020 7938 6000 or [email protected] dailymail.co.uk.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1299509/Cloned-cows-milk-sale-Britain-Investigation-dairy-farmers-admission.html#ixzz0vUVtf611
Potassium Iodide (SSKI); 1 oz (1250 drops)
SSKI—you will need potassium iodide
Water—measure out the potassium in weight oz’s or grams
In this we will use 170gr=6 oz Then we will measure out the water 1 oz or 28 grams or 29 ml –You will mix this till there is no more then the water can take this will be a SSKI solution So when breaking this down remember 1 ounce container will have 1250 drops -So take the actual grams and divide this by 1250 and this will give you a accurate mg strength per drop
40 grams divided by 1250 = 31 + or – mg strength per drop
SSKI may be used in radioiodine-contamination emergencies (i.e., nuclear accidents) to “block” the thyroid’s uptake of radioiodine (this is not the same as blocking the thyroid’s release of thyroid hormone). The dose is smaller: 130 mg KI per day (100 mg iodide) which represents 2 drops of SSKI solution per day, for an adult.
SSKI Drops are used for:
Treating lung conditions or disease in which mucus complicates the condition (eg, emphysema, bronchial asthma, bronchitis). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.—-SSKI Drops are an expectorant. It works by thinning mucous secretions (phlegm) in the lungs and making it less sticky. The mucus is easier to cough up. This reduces chest congestion, which helps make your coughs more productive.—-
The Wonders of SSKI-
Could one bottle in your medicine cabinet hold the healing secrets for everything from cysts to toenail fungus?
Excerpts from Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. Nutrition & Healing, 11/1/2002 Newsletter
“Iodine is a basic element, like calcium, zinc, oxygen, etc. The word “iodine” usually refers to two iodine molecules chemically “stuck together,” just as the word “oxygen” usually refers to two oxygen molecules “stuck together.” Since pure iodine is more reactive to other elements, it’s more likely to cause problems, so iodine is usually used as “iodide,” a word that refers to one iodine molecule combined with another molecule — often potassium (KI). So, even though they’re not technically the same, for simplicity’s sake, I’ve used the terms iodine and SSKI (saturated solution of KI) interchangeably in this article (though always meaning SSKI unless noted otherwise).”
Ø”When we’re forced to travel by air, Holly and I drink a few ounces of water with 10 drops of SSKI. The SSKI rapidly accumulates in any and all body secretions, including in the sinuses, where it inhibits or kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi before they can cause an infection.”
ØSSKI is close to 100 percent effective in eliminating bladder infections, but the amount needed is a relatively high dose, so it’s important to use it with caution.”
Ø”End years of suffering with painful breast and ovarian cysts in as little as three months.” “In minor to moderate cases, 6 to 8 drops of SSKI taken daily in a few ounces of water will frequently reduce fibrocystic breast disease to insignificance within three to six months.”
Ø”Over the past 30 years, I’ve also used SSKI to treat at least 30 women – one of them my own daughter – for ovarian cysts. These cysts usually disappear within two to three months with the same quantity of SSKI mentioned above for breast cysts.”
Ø”But please do not use this treatment for either of these conditions without monitoring your thyroid function.”
Ø”Peyronie’s disease occurs when the tissue along the shaft of the penis thickens, causing erections to become increasingly curved and even painful. Applying SSKI to the thickened tissue twice a day over several months can soften it considerably and eventually allow for more normal functioning.”
Ø”…hemorrhoids will disappear – sometimes literally overnight – when a mixture of 20 drops of SSKI and 1 ounce of flaxseed oil is applied to them at bedtime.”
Ø”Dupuytren’s contracture is a condition sort of along the same lines as Peyronie’s disease, except in this case, the thickened tissue occurs along one of the tendons in the palm of the hand, pulling the connected finger down. If it progresses far enough, sometimes it’s impossible to straighten the finger out at all. Rubbing SSKI into the affected tissue of the palm at least twice a day can “loosen” it and prevent the condition from progressing to the point of causing a deformity or disability.”
Ø”This loosening of thickened tissue also works for scars, especially keloids, which are abnormally thick (sometimes up to an inch) scars. Rubbing SSKI into a keloid at least twice daily will ultimately flatten it down to a normal scar. But patience really is a virtue here: It can take many months to a year for particularly bad ones. You can help the treatment go a bit faster if you mix SSKI “50-50″ with DMSO.”
Ø”Over 30 years ago, two ophthalmologists observed that when they gave patients a combination tablet called “Iodo-niacin” (which contained 120 milligrams of iodide and 15 milligrams of niacin) and instructed them to take it for several months, the supplement actually reversed atherosclerotic clogging of arteries.”
“ØCysts and stones melt away with just one dose a day.”
Ø”Sebaceous cysts are another example of SSKI’s ability to dissolve fats and oils. Unlike breast and ovarian cysts, sebaceous cysts contain oily, fatty material and usually appear rather suddenly on the face or in the groin area. But the good news is that you can get rid of them just as quickly as they come on – generally in just a week or two – by rubbing in a mixture of equal parts SSKI and DMSO.”
“ØParotid duct stones (which block the ducts that carry your saliva) can be dissolved in four to eight months just by drinking a glass of water containing 3 to 4 drops of SSKI each day.”
“ØThe SSKI and DMSO mixture doesn’t work any faster, but it’s just as effective as antifungal drugs – and definitely safer. Rub it on, around, and under the affected toenails. And make sure to wear old socks, because SSKI and other forms of iodine leave an orange-brown stain.”
Ø”SSKI can also help clear up vaginal infections. Twenty to 30 drops in water, used in a small douche” once daily for five to 10 days will usually do the job.”
Ø”SSKI can help reduce the gas we all get from eating beans. If you soak beans before cooking them, add 1 or 2 drops of SSKI, and let them soak for another hour or so. (Make sure to rinse them and use fresh water for the actual cooking process). You’ll be surprised at how much less gas you feel later.”
Diagnoses treated with ‘sski’
1 – 5 of 5 diagnosis
red inflammatory nodules in skin
web search for: SSKI and erythema nodosum
chronic skin disease with red bumps in a ring
web search for: SSKI and granuloma annulare
inflammation of fat under the skin and in deeper tissues
web search for: SSKI and panniculitis
acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis
acute skin disease
web search for: SSKI and acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis
multisystem disease caused by fungus
web search for: SSKI and sporotrichosis
Brandt Meat Packers issues recall on meats
Sat Jul 31, 8:07 PM
By The Canadian Press
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – A suspected salmonella outbreak from headcheese produced at a Toronto-area plant that sickened two dozen people this month has prompted a recall of a variety of processed meats produced at the same facility.—The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and G. Brandt Meat Packers Ltd. issued a follow-up recall Saturday, warning the public not to consume more than 100 products made at the same plant. The products are mostly various processed meats.—“It’s a significant recall just from the sheer number of products involved and also because it’s a national distribution,” said Fred Jamieson a food safety recall expert with the food inspection agency. There have been no illnesses reported in connection with the newly recalled products, but food safety experts did a risk assessment after investigating the original outbreak and decided to issue the additional recall.—”We don’t want to always say that we’re just waiting for illnesses before we take action,” Jamieson said in a phone interview.–Federal health officials issued a warning earlier this month about a salmonella outbreak involving headcheese that sickened at least 24 people in B.C. and Ontario.—Most of the cases involved elderly people.—All Brandt cooked meat products bearing Establishment number 164 produced from May 30 up to and including July 30 are affected.–These products were sold pre-packaged or at deli counters, but the agency says the original brand and/or Best Before dates may not have been transferred to consumer packages.Consumers who do not know the original brand or code are advised to check with their retailer or supplier to see if they have the affected product.-Brandt has voluntarily shut down production at its Mississauga, Ont., plant, where the meats were packaged. It says the facilities will undergo a thorough, intensive sanitation.–The company is working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to determine how the contaminations may have occurred. Earlier this month, another recall was issued for Ham Suelze manufactured for Freybe Gourmet Foods Ltd at the Mississauga facility. -Food tainted with Salmonella or Listeria may not look or smell spoiled, but can cause illness with symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, fever, headache and dizziness
Potasium for bone
Numerous studies have shown that increasing potassium intake can lower blood pressure, both in individuals with hypertension and, to a lesser extent, in those with normal blood pressure. Even among people who have successfully reduced their blood pressure by restricting their sodium intake, an increase in dietary potassium results in a further lowering of blood pressure.—Reducing elevated blood pressure plays a key role in preventing strokes, and this effect may explain in part the role of potassium in stroke prevention. However, experiments in rats, as well as population studies in humans, have shown that a high potassium intake prevents strokes even among groups that are carefully matched for blood pressure. This means that at least some of the stroke-preventing effect of potassium is unrelated to its blood pressure-lowering action.—Increasing potassium intake has also been shown to reduce the urinary excretion of calcium. Presumably, less calcium loss from the body would result in stronger bones over the long run. In fact, a study of middle-aged women demonstrated that bone mineral density of the hip and spine increased with increasing dietary potassium intake. Furthermore, a reduction in the amount of calcium excreted in the urine would be expected to prevent kidney stones, since urinary calcium is one of the main determinants of kidney stone risk.
Nuts: Peanuts-717 Pine Nuts-599 Almonds-732 Pistachio Nuts–1,093 Cashew Nuts-565 Brazil Nuts—600 Chestnuts—502 Macadamia Nut–368Coconut 365 Hazelnuts-445 alnuts-502 Sunflower Seeds -689 Sesame Seeds Vegetables: Radish Lettuce-241 Tomato Potato—407 Carrot-341 Cucumber Beans Garlic Watercress Beetroot Celery Cabbage Cauliflower Asparagus- 278 Capsicum Fennel
Show of the Week August 9 2010
Meat of second cloned cow offspring ‘in UK food chain’
Protests over cloned animals in food chain
Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Do Not Cause Coronary Heart Disease
Poison in the kitchen…How tap water could damage your brain, blind or even kill you
The Impact of Science on Society
Supplements: The dirty dozen
Meat of second cloned cow offspring ‘in UK food chain’
The FSA said meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entered the UK food chain Meat from a second offspring of a cloned cow has entered the food chain, the Food Standards Agency has revealed.—-It comes after it emerged that two bulls from embryos of a cow cloned in the US were bought by a farm near Nairn in the Highlands, and meat from one was sold to consumers.—The FSA has admitted it does not know how many embryos from cloned animals have been imported into Britain.—FSA chief Tim Smith said he had no safety concerns about the meat.—However, he said any suppliers would require approval under European law.
Q&A: Cloned cattle meat
Clone row farm is Highlands’ biggest
The FSA had already traced two bulls born in the UK from embryos harvested from a cloned cow in the US. —The first was slaughtered in July 2009 and its meat entered the food chain. The second was slaughtered on 27 July 2010, but its meat was stopped from entering the food chain. But now it has revealed that meat from another offspring of a cloned cow entered the food chain.–The animal, called Parable, was born in May 2007 and slaughtered on May 5 2010.—American biotechnology companies are cloning animals that give high yields of milk and meat to use as breeding stock.—In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration in the US said meat and milk from cloned animals were safe for human consumption, and Professor Hugh Pennington, an expert on food safety from Aberdeen University, told the BBC he agreed with that assessment[U1]. —“People are concerned about playing God and that kind of thing… rather than producing products which are dangerous to eat,” he said.
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Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News -Some scientists have said the regulations restricting the sale of milk and meat from livestock bred from cloned animals are unnecessary. —Campaign groups say that the technology is cruel and causes suffering to animals. The US biotechnology sector is gung-ho about the use of cloning to increase food production. So why all the fuss in Europe?—Food safety authorities say there is still not enough evidence to say food from cloned animals and their offspring is completely safe.
But animal welfare groups say the cloning process results in hundreds of miscarriages and genetic deformities for every healthy birth. Consumer groups claim the illicit use of the technology in Britain is a breach of trust. And organic campaigners say it is wrong to create ever fatter animals.—-So the arguments against the use of cloning in Europe have much to do with ethics and politics. But with the growth of technology in the US – it will be difficult to police its use by European farmers who want to boost food production.—“There’s absolutely no evidence for that, and I’ve got no expectation that any such evidence will ever emerge.”–[U2]At present, foodstuffs, including milk, produced from cloned animals must pass a safety evaluation and gain authorisation under so-called novel foods regulations before they are marketed in Europe.-The FSA said it had not been asked to consider any such cases, but Mr Smith said that despite having a “first-class cattle tracing scheme” in place, the system was not perfect. –“It’s a bit like the police being there and being an efficient service and us expecting no crime. It’s inevitable that however good the system is, it ultimately relies on the honesty of the people who are participating in the chain. —“So it means that every farmer, every breeder, every processor has to come clean and tell us what it is they’re actually doing. It’s impossible for us to stand by each animal and watch what happens to it throughout its life cycle.”—Meanwhile, Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said consumers “deserve to know the origin of all foods they purchase” and he was “concerned to learn that the offspring of these animals have been reared in the UK for food production purposes without any authorisation from the Food Standards Agency”.—Earlier this week, a British dairy farmer said he used milk from a cow produced from a cloned parent, but UK dairy industry body DairyCo said it was “confident” no milk from such animals had entered the human food chain.—-Consumer confidence —Peter Stevenson, from campaign group Compassion in World Farming, said cloning was “at the sharp end of the inhumane selective breeding processes that are often involved in the intensive production of meat and dairy products”. “Many animals suffer in the pursuit of higher yields because they are being stretched to the limits of their physical capacity,” he added.—-David Bowles, from the RSPCA, which wants cloning banned, said: “The Food Standards Agency and the regulators and the government had no idea that any animal meat or animal milk had gone into the food chain.—“So it’s really about showing there’s transparency and that customers can trust what they go into shops to buy and at the moment that is in doubt.”—In 2008, the European Food Safety Authority said “no clear evidence” had emerged to suggest any food safety differences between food products from clones or their offspring compared to products from conventionally bred animals. —“But we must acknowledge that the evidence base, while growing and showing consistent findings, is still small,” it added.—Last month MEPs voted in favour of a law that would ban cloned meat and other animal products in the European food supply. —The legislation faces a next stage of consideration in September before it could become EU law.