New Zealand Food Safety is advising people not to consume a seaweed tonic being sold in glass bottles.

There have been no reports of associated illness to date from the product labeled “NZ Focuidan.” It has also been found with limited or no identifying labeling or branding and in various packaging sizes and weights.

Authorities said they were trying to remove the product from sale and urged people not to consume the drink and to throw it away as it comes from an unregulated seller of seaweed tonics.

“The tonic presents a concerning food safety risk because it has not

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Heavy metals are the main hazard for consumers when eating seaweed harvested in Nordic countries, according to a report.

The report covers the safety of seaweed used as food, with a focus on chemical and microbiological hazards. The main hazards for seaweed harvested in Nordic countries are iodine, cadmium, and inorganic arsenic. Other issues are nickel, lead, and mercury, Bacillus in heat-treated products, kainic acid in dulse seaweed, and allergens.

Experts said levels of heavy metals and iodine vary greatly between and within species and can be affected by age, growing conditions, and processing methods. Data on iodine, cadmium, inorganic

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Toby McAdam of Livingston, MT, was scheduled for a jury trial beginning tomorrow, but he decided instead to plead guilty to a single count of violating a criminal contempt order under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). McAdam, who made a living for 20 years in the health supplement and alternative health fields, was indicted after selling Lugol’s Iodine and Bloodroot Immune Nutritional Support after he agreed not to do so in both a Consent Degree and a Civil Order of Contempt imposed by the court. Dietary supplement capsulesHis plea agreement with the government states there is “no indication
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With its focus on disease outbreaks and other generally gloomy reports, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rarely seems to dispatch good news. 

So it was heartening to see Monday’s CDC press release announcing that the U.S. population, for the most part, is getting enough essential vitamins and nutrients – specifically vitamins A and D and folate — even though some groups need to address dietary deficiencies.

“Research shows that good nutrition can help lower people’s risk for many chronic diseases. For most nutrients, the low deficiency rates, less than 1 to 10 percent, are encouraging, but higher deficiency

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Unusually high iodine levels in Bonsoy Soy Milk are now being confirmed by other national food safety agencies, expanding a recall that originated in Australia and New Zealand around the world.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore said high levels of iodine in soymilk are linked to cases of Thyrotoxicosis.  “Kombu,” a seaweed with naturally high levels of iodine, is used to enrich Bonsoy soymilk.

“Soy milk is not known to be a source of iodine, hence consumers of soy milk would not associate this type of product with high iodine levels,” said the AVA statement.

AVA said

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