Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Poisonous chemical found in Toothpaste from China

FDA has found a poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), in certain toothpastes imported from China
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA has found a poisonous chemical, diethylene glycol (DEG), in certain toothpastes imported from China. The agency increased its scrutiny and testing of imported toothpaste and dental products after receiving reports in late May 2007 of contaminated Chinese dental products found in several countries, including Panama.

The agency is warning consumers to avoid using tubes of toothpaste labeled as made in China and, through an import alert, is stopping all suspect toothpaste from entering the United States. FDA continues to investigate this problem and will take further action, as appropriate, to address this important public safety issue.

See FDA Report & complete list of toothpaste: View News Updates

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Africans and Muslims migrants flocking to Europe

Booming European Union job markets, now the largest economy in the world attracting migrants

LONDON - The job markets of a booming European Union, now the largest economy in the world, have fueled a perilous, high-dollar traffic in legal and illegal migrants from Africa and Eastern Europe, and few who make the journey escape without scars.

According to the United Nations, population growth in developing countries is nearly six times what it is in the developed world, fueling a flow of migrants from underdeveloped states to countries with stronger, stable economies.

More than ever that means the European Union. The 27-state EU, with a population of more than 490 million, is even larger than the United States. The EU’s GDP of nearly $14 trillion makes it the world’s largest economic bloc — and a magnet for job-seekers.

Most of the world’s international migrants — 64 million — reside in Europe, compared to 45 million in the United States and Canada. See Article: Migration and the changing face of Europe

See "The Changing Face of Europe" Interactive: Frontier: Europe -- Main Page

Monday, June 18, 2007

Easy access to guns is tough battle

Guns are worse than ever-It seems like every single person has a gun
USA Today

Gun-related crime has been at the center of rising violence throughout the nation during the past two years, according to an FBI report released earlier this week.

While homicides across the country were up only slightly — 0.3% in 2006 — analysts have been clearly troubled by the nearly 7% spike in murders in the nation's largest cities and a 6% increase in the number of robberies.

Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Research Forum, said the robbery statistics, which showed increases in every region of the nation, is a strong indicator of a broader access to firearms.

"The availability of guns are having an impact on the streets," Wexler said.

In New Orleans, where habitable housing is in short supply, the streets are awash in weapons.

During the first quarter of 2007, armed robbery in New Orleans was up 135% and murder 182% when compared to the same period in 2006, according to the New Orleans Police Department statistics. See: Easy access to guns is tough battle