Health Highlights: Oct. 19, 201210/19/12
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Warning Letters Sent to Cosmetics Companies Over Ad Claims
At least four cosmetics companies have received warning letters
accusing them of making exaggerated advertising claims about their
Avon and Lancome are among the companies that were sent the
warning letters by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which
threatens to halt sales or seize products if the companies don't
tone down the claims in their ads,
Both Avon and Lancome said they're cooperating with the FDA to
resolve the issue.
"It's surprising that they didn't react to these claims before," dermatologist Dr. Tina Alster told CBS News. She used to be a consultant for Lancome and said the FDA looked the other way for years as companies boosted claims about the benefits of their cosmetics.
Recall of Smucker's 'Uncrustables' Sold to U.S. School Lunch
Smucker's Uncrustables peanut butter and jelly sandwiches sold
to school lunch programs in the United States are being recalled
due to possible salmonella contamination.
The peanut butter in the sandwiches was produced by Sunland
Inc., which closed its Portales, N.M. plant last month and recalled
more than 200 peanut products made under a variety of brand names
after salmonella was discovered in Trader Joe's Creamy Salted
Valencia Peanut Butter, the
Illnesses among 35 people in 19 states have been linked to
Sunland, but no illnesses have been connected to the Uncrustable
"When USDA learned of the FDA recall of certain products manufactured by Sunland, Inc., we coordinated with state agencies to immediately notify individual school districts and ensure that recalled products were identified and destroyed," U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Alyn Kiel said in an email, the APreported.
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