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Four steps to prevent mosquito bites and the diseases that come with them

BY Ryan Chavis

BALTIMORE — The summer months continue to bring hot weather and — when you add summer rainfall to the mix — bothersome mosquitos. It's an unfortunate reality that during this time of year mosquitos are at their peak. And as the mosquito population increases, so do the chances of getting bitten by them, some of which may be carrying diseases.

"Exposure to mosquitoes increases the risk of painful mosquito bites and the risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases," said mosquito expert Jonathan Cohen, president of Summit Responsible Solutions. "Because mosquitoes carry West Nile virus, and because every state in the continental USA has reported cases of West Nile virus during the past two years, it's important to avoid being bitten at all."

There are steps that consumer can take to better prevent being bitten and to protect themselves from diseases like West Nile Virus:

  • Drain it: Any containers that can hold water are a hot spot for mosquitos to breed. That means draining kids' swimming pools, wheelbarrows, plant saucers and buckets. Changing the water in pet dishes and replacing water in bird baths frequently is also recommended;
  • Dress smart: Clothing provides a barrier between consumers and a mosquito. Wear long sleeves and pants to prevent bites. Wearing a hat also helps to prevent bites;
  • Dawn and Dusk: Try to avoid being outside at dawn or dusk — these are times when mosquitos are at their peak; and
  • Deter: Use repellents to deter mosquiotos and keep them at bay.

"Knowing a little bit about mosquitoes can help prevent painful and potentially dangerous mosquito bites," Cohen said. "Knowing that female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and draining standing water is a key to keeping mosquito populations down. Avoiding contact with mosquitoes whenever possible will also greatly reduce the chances of getting bitten."

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FDA shuts down Long Island company for non-compliance to dietary supplement cGMPs

BY Michael Johnsen

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday shut down a company for noncompliance of the dietary supplement current good manufacturing practice requirements. 
 
"Triceutical of Farmingdale, New York, and Liqun Zhang, the company’s president, have agreed to stop production and distribution of dietary supplements under the terms of a consent decree because of violations of federal dietary supplement regulations," the agency stated. "Triceutical, under the FDA’s supervision, is required to recall and destroy all dietary supplements that were manufactured, prepared, packed, repacked, labeled, held and/or distributed since Feb. 6, 2012, in accordance with the procedures in the consent decree. The consent decree was entered by U.S. District Judge Leonard Wexler of the Eastern District on July 8, 2014."
 
The FDA issued Triceutical a warning letter dated Nov. 8, 2012, that outlined serious violations of cGMP requirements, including failure to perform tests to verify the identity of dietary ingredients used to manufacture the dietary supplements. Follow-up inspections by the FDA revealed that Triceutical failed to take adequate corrective actions to correct that violation and to ensure the manufacturing process complied with cGMP requirements. Failure to follow cGMP requirements made Triceutical’s products adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
 
“When a company violates good manufacturing practice requirements, they put consumers at risk,” stated Melinda Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “Our goal at the FDA is to ensure that the dietary supplements consumers have access to meet federal standards for safety, effectiveness and quality."
 
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Report: Hy-Vee reaches agreement for first Twin Cities location

BY Antoinette Alexander

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Grocer Hy-Vee, which operates more than 230 stores and generates sales of more than $8 billion, has reached a deal for its first Twin Cities location, according to a local news report.

According to a report by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the company has reached an agreement with New Hope’s city council and will buy land once occupied by a Kmart.

Hy-Vee is looking to build a 90,000-sq.-ft. grocery store and 3,000-sq.-ft. gas station at the site.
 

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