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Published: Jan 15, 2009
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Health Warning: Austin Peanut Butter Cracker Recall and VapoRub Risk
by Staff

Health Risk Warning - Warnings about products has parents taking a close look at what their kids are eating and putting under their noses.

A U.S. study suggests the popular cold treatment Vicks Vapo Rub may create respiratory problems for infants and small children.

Tests confirm that recalled batches of contaminated peanut butter match the strain of Salmonella food poisoning that has sickened 430 people, Minnesota health officials said on Tuesday.

On Saturday Ohio-based food distributor King Nut Cos said it had contacted its customers and asked them to remove all King Nut peanut butter and Parnell's Pride peanut butter from the market. Read more about the outbreak here.

The VapoRub study by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, published in the journal Chest, found the menthol compound may stimulate mucus production and airway inflammation, which can have severe effects on infants or young children because of the small size of their airways. Read more about the risk here.  (c) tPC (c) UPI

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