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USDA warns of fake antibiotics aimed at Hispanics

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Fake drugs with names that resemble kids’ antibiotics are being sold in Texas pharmacies, mainly to Spanish speakers, and have caused several hospitalizations, according to US officials. The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers urging them not to use the “illegal products,” after…

Hong Kong initiates mass tubal ligation program for hard-to-catch monkeys

by John Saeki HONG KONG (AFP) – Wild monkeys don’t seem to care that Hong Kong is a concrete jungle — they thrive so well on its fringes that the government has introduced birth control to curb a population boom. Easy food handouts from some of the city’s seven million…

Thousands march for May Day across inflation-hit Asia

HONG KONG — Thousands of people took to the streets across Asia on Sunday, marking May Day from Indonesia to South Korea with demands for better rights and wages for workers facing soaring living costs. Several thousand marched in Hong Kong in a noisy procession calling for stronger labour laws,…

Pork that ‘glows,’ beans with cancer chems among China’s latest poison foods

BEIJING (AFP) – A wave of tainted-food scares has renewed fears in China over continued product-safety problems despite a government promise to clean up the food industry following a deadly 2008 milk scandal. Tainted pork, toxic milk, dyed buns and other dodgy foods have surfaced in recent weeks, sickening consumers…

Christian group: Buy ‘Jesus chicken’ from Chick-fil-A

The American Family Association, a conservative Christian group, is urging people to show appreciation for the fast food chain Chick-fil-A by purchasing their products during the week of April 25-30. The so-called “buycott” is in response to an “attack by homosexual activists against the Christian-owned Chick-fil-A company,” the group said.…

As with blood, several types of human gut

PARIS — The human digestive tract, host to an ecosystem teaming with trillions of living bacteria, comes in three variations as distinct as blood groups, according to a study released Wednesday. These so-called “enterotypes” are found in populations worldwide and exist independent of race, country of origin, diet, age or…

Young penguins dying due to lack of food

WASHINGTON – Young penguins in the Antarctic may be dying because they are having a tougher time finding food, as melting sea ice cuts back on the tiny fish they eat, US researchers suggested on Monday. Only about 10 percent of baby penguins tagged by researchers are coming back in…

Ex-leaders to visit N. Korea with Carter: report

SEOUL — Three former world leaders will accompany ex-US president Jimmy Carter to North Korea this month to discuss tensions on the peninsula and food shortages in the communist state, a report said Monday. JoongAng Daily, quoting diplomatic sources in South Korea, said Carter would be accompanied by former Finnish…

Massachusetts finds expired food in school cafeterias

BOSTON (Reuters) – Out-of-date food has been found lingering in public school cafeterias across Massachusetts, sent from warehouses up to six weeks past “use by” dates, the state department of education said on Friday. Roughly a dozen schools reported expired food shipments or sought guidance on an inconsistent system for…

EU talks on food from cloned animals collapse

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Talks within the European Union broke down on Tuesday over how to deal with food from cloned animals, sending EU proposals on the sale of new types of foods back to the drawing board after three years of debate. Following all-night negotiations in Brussels, EU lawmakers were ready…

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