Consumer Updates RSS Feed en Animal & Veterinary Consumer articles from FDA about animal health and veterinary medicine. Mon, 04 Dec 2023 13:15:09 EST FDA Flour Is a Raw Food and Other Safety Facts Eating raw (uncooked) flour, dough or batter could make you sick. Most flour is raw and is not treated to kill germs. Never eat or taste raw flour, dough or batter. Fri, 01 Dec 2023 11:15:31 EST FDA Dietary Supplements Dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as food, not as drugs. However, many dietary supplements contain ingredients that have strong biological effects which may conflict with a medicine you are taking or a medical condition you may have. Products containing hidden drugs are also sometimes fal Thu, 30 Nov 2023 12:23:42 EST FDA Drugs Consumer articles about over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Thu, 30 Nov 2023 12:20:00 EST FDA Whole Genome Sequencing: Cracking the Genetic Code for Foodborne Illness Increasingly, FDA has used whole genome sequencing to support investigations of foodborne illness outbreaks. Industry is also starting to use whole genome sequencing to monitor food manufacturing for bacteria and take steps to prevent potential outbreaks. Tue, 28 Nov 2023 15:06:02 EST FDA What's in a Name? What Every Consumer Should Know About Foods and Flavors Is flavor labeling on food packages misleading? FDA helps ensure that it isn't. Tue, 28 Nov 2023 14:59:26 EST FDA Beware of Illegally Marketed Diabetes Treatments Consumers with diabetes risk serious health complications by choosing illegally marketed diabetes products, which also may be dangerous in and of themselves. Learn about the unapproved products flooding the marketplace and what FDA is doing to counter diabetes products that violate federal law. Tue, 28 Nov 2023 11:17:05 EST FDA Don't Double Up on Acetaminophen More than 600 medications, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), contain the active ingredient acetaminophen to help relieve pain and reduce fever. Taken carefully and correctly, these medicines can be safe and effective. But taking too much acetaminophen can lead to severe liver damage. Tue, 28 Nov 2023 11:06:37 EST FDA Braces Have Changed, From Metal to Tooth-Colored to Clear FDA answers your questions about braces and how they've changed. Tue, 28 Nov 2023 10:52:07 EST FDA 5 Things to Know About Triclosan Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to help reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. Are there benefits? Tue, 28 Nov 2023 10:43:10 EST FDA Is My Dog or Cat a Healthy Weight? Important Questions to Ask the Vet Just as obesity has become a serious problem in people, it's also a growing problem in pets, one that can seriously harm your pet's health. Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:37:55 EST FDA Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards From tinsel to table scraps, holiday hazards for pets abound. Here are some tips to help you keep them safe. Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:00:04 EST FDA Children's Health Kids aren't just small adults. From diet and nutrition to their reactions to medicine, their bodies are unique. Read these Consumer Updates to learn more. Thu, 16 Nov 2023 11:25:53 EST FDA Medical Devices Consumer articles about medical devices. Thu, 16 Nov 2023 11:25:01 EST FDA Combating Antibiotic Resistance Misuse and overuse of antibiotics have contributed to antibiotic resistance, a phenomenon that reduces or eliminates the effectiveness of antibiotics Tue, 07 Nov 2023 14:24:15 EST FDA Safely Soothing Teething Pain and Sensory Needs in Babies and Older Children Soothing children's gums with prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, homeopathic remedies or teething jewelry can be dangerous. Consider these safer alternatives. Tue, 07 Nov 2023 14:20:04 EST FDA Seasonal Allergies: Which Medication is Right for You? The FDA regulates many products that treat allergies or offer allergy relief. But which will work for you depends on your particular symptoms. Tue, 07 Nov 2023 13:56:06 EST FDA Are Some Cosmetics Promising Too Much? FDA continues to warn companies when they make drug claims about cosmetic products that have not been approved by the agency. Tue, 07 Nov 2023 12:52:35 EST FDA Watch Out for False Promises About So-Called Alzheimer's Cures Unfortunately, when faced with a serious health issue, even the most rational person can be led to believe implausible Alzheimer cure claims. Mon, 06 Nov 2023 16:51:46 EST FDA Barbecue Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness Bacteria in food multiply faster at temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, so summer heat makes the basics of food safety especially important. Here are some easy things you can do to help keep everyone at your table safe from foodborne illness. Mon, 06 Nov 2023 15:19:49 EST FDA