Health Beat: National Poison Prevention, Radiation in Food


National Poison Prevention
It is national poison prevention week, a time to highlight the potential dangers of things that young children might ingest. Experts say you can start by taking a look at your home as your child sees it. Dr. Mike Macknin of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital says, "as soon as children can move around their house it's important for parents to get down on their level, initially, just crawl around the house, see what you can find that they might get into and just assume that they will get into it."

More than a million children, under age 6, swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance each year. The most dangerous potential poisons include medicines, cleaning products, and pesticides. Parents are urged to store harmful products out of their children's reach. And once your home is child proofed, turn your sights on grandma and grandpa's house or anywhere else your child spends a lot of time.

Radiation in Food
There are mounting concerns about radiation from Japan's damaged nuclear power plant leeching into the food supply. Now, the FDA is stepping up to make sure contaminated imports don't reach American consumers.

Right now, Less than 4% of our food comes from Japan. That includes processed fruits and vegetables, cookies, teas, chewing gum and seafood. And now, the FDA is strictly banning all food products from affected areas of Japan. Those items will automatically go into detention and will not even be screened for radiation while still on the TARMAC. Again, banned food items will not even be allowed to go through screening.


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