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FDA in the NewsApple Cider Safety

Apple cider is a fun and delicious drink.  It tastes almost like apple juice, but a little stronger and the color is a little darker.  You can buy it mostly in the fall at the store and when you go to the pumpkin patch and fall fairs.

But some apple cider may not be safe to drink, especially for kids.  If it hasn’t been pasteurized (a type of heating) or treated in another way to kill germs, it might make you sick.  Be sure to ask your parents or teachers before drinking any apple cider to be sure it’s safe.

Snail Venom Not Just for Snails

Tiny cone snails that live in ocean reefs paralyze other creatures with deadly venom. But an artificial form of that same venom can help people that have very bad pain. The artificial venom, made into a drug called Prialt, is powerful, so it is only for people who have tried everything else and still have terrible pain all the time. FDA approved Prialt after making sure that it was safe and that it works.

Mini Heart Pump Approved for Kids

FDA has approved a miniature heart pump for children ages 5 to 16 who need a heart transplant. The pump helps the heart move blood through the body. It may help a child whose heart isn't working right live long enough to receive a heart transplant.

Some Mexican Candy May Contain Lead

Mexican candies such as chili-coated lollipops and snack packets that contain salt, lemon flavor, and chili powder may have high amounts of lead. Too much lead can cause serious health problems in kids. Another popular Mexican candy, tamarind, also may have too much lead if it is kept in jars coated with lead paint. FDA is working with the Mexican government to keep lead out of these candies. But, for now, it's best not to eat them.

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