Consumers in Tennessee should be able to expect that the food they purchase from the grocery store is safe for them and their families. Unfortunately, as recent recalls have demonstrated, food items can be dangerous products. Fresh cut fruit that was distributed to a number of states recently sickened nearly 100 people. While there have been no reports of illness in Tennessee, the salmonella-tainted fruit was also distributed to the state.
Welcoming a new baby into the world can be one of the most joyous times in a young couple's life in Tennessee. In preparing for the new arrival any number of purchases may be made to ensure that the new bundle of joy can start a new life in comfort and safety. Fisher Price has long been respected as a brand name in baby supplies. Sadly, one of its very popular products, the Rock 'n Play, has been deemed hazardous and is among items considered to be dangerous products.
There has been much said and written concerning the safety of many aspects of the nation's food supply. As concerns have mounted in Tennessee over the presence of antibiotics in meat the trend to organic products has grown as nonorganics have come to be seen as dangerous products. Another area of concern has to do with dairy foods, particularly the perceived benefits of raw milk. The dangers of consuming raw milk may outweigh any possible benefits.
Smoking rates among teens have been falling for several years in Tennessee and around the nation. The concern over teen smoking was replaced by increased drug use by teens. While that is certainly still a concern, more dangerous products have entered the landscape, and their use is spreading rapidly. The substance used is nicotine in a different form.
It is widely understood in Tennessee and elsewhere that smoking cigarettes is harmful to one's health. And while smoking tobacco products has declined across the general population in recent years, a new trend is causing concern regarding increased nicotine dependency, particularly in young people. The use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) is on the rise among middle and high school students, and they are considered dangerous products. The most popular forms of ENDS are known as vapes and JUULs. JUUls in particular are a concern because they are very small, about the size of a thumb drive, and produce little steam making them easy to conceal, even in the classroom.
The holiday season is a popular time for cooking and baking as families gather to enjoy each other's company and celebrate the holidays in Tennessee. This year, some of those celebrations may be marred by illness caused by food borne bacteria resulting from dangerous products. Ground turkey is believed to be the culprit.
Thanksgiving is upon us and so turkey consumption is way up in Tennessee. This does not make this the ideal time for a large recall of turkey products, but Jennie-O has announced a recall of as many as 91,000 pounds of ground turkey because of a salmonella outbreak. While salmonella poisoning may be prevented by proper cooking and handling of raw poultry, the outbreak has nonetheless created dangerous products.
The holidays are upon us, and that means that home bakers are, or soon will be, baking cakes and cookies to share with family and friends. Many recipes start with pre-packaged cake mix as an ingredient. Duncan Hines, a popular brand, is currently the subject of a voluntary product recall. Dangerous products are subject to recall, and a number of Duncan Hines cake mixes are suspected as being the source of a salmonella outbreak. The cake mixes are distributed all over the country, including Tennessee.
It is probably safe to say that the medicine chests in many houses in Tennessee contain at least one bottle of dietary supplements. This may include calcium, fish oil or one of the many products that promise weight loss without food restrictions. Many choose these supplements because the manufacturers promote them as a more natural alternative to chemical prescriptions, and consumers often believe this makes them a safer choice. However, many of these supplements are dangerous products.
In Tennessee and elsewhere, the assumption is that food for sale on store shelves is safe to eat. No one wants to worry about the possibility of it being contaminated with listeria. Shoppers might double check a sell by or use by date, but beyond that people tend to trust the safety of our food supply. Unfortunately, dangerous products can come in all shapes and sizes, including food items.