Health Highlights: March 8 2016
Walmart Chicken Nuggets Recalled Due to Risk of Metal Pieces Maria Sharapova Tests Positive for Banned Substance U.S. Government Sending Blood Products to Puerto Rico
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Walmart Chicken Nuggets Recalled Due to Risk of Metal Pieces
Walmart, Safeway, Kroger and other U.S. stores are recalling chicken nuggets that may contain metal pieces, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service says.
The recall includes more than 103,700 pounds of Yummy brand fully cooked chicken breast nuggets made by Maxi Canada, Inc. The Quebec-based company announced the recall March 5 after a U.S. customer complained about a foreign object in the product.
The recalled products have a "Best if used by" date of 07/17/17, along with the establishment number "Canada Est. 348" and UPC number 064563225782.
Consumers with these products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
To date, there have been no confirmed reports of injury caused by the recalled chicken nuggets, according to FSIS.
Maria Sharapova Tests Positive for Banned Substance
Tennis star Maria Sharapova tested positive for a banned substance at the Australian Open in January, she announced Monday.
In disclosing the notification from the International Tennis Federation, Sharapova said she had been taking Mildronate, also known as Meldonium, since 2006. The substance was added to the prohibited list this year, The New York Times reported.
Sharapova, 28, said she received a World Anti-Doping Agency email in December that outlined changes to tennis's program for 2016 and included a link to a list of banned substances, but she did not look at it.
A penalty has yet to be announced for Sharapova, the highest-paid female athlete for the past 11 years. She is the seventh athlete to test positive for the Meldonium this year, The Times reported.
U.S. Government Sending Blood Products to Puerto Rico
The U.S. government is sending blood and blood products to Puerto Rico due to fears that local supplies may be contaminated with the Zika virus.
The mosquito-borne virus is spreading quickly in Puerto Rico and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden has warned that Puerto Rico is likely to be hit especially hard by Zika, NBC News reported.
"We are arranging the importation of blood products from areas unaffected by local Zika transmission to ensure the safety of Puerto Rico's blood supply," the Health and Human Services Administration said.
In related news, the Food and Drug Administration wants people living in or traveling from Zika-affected areas to delay giving blood until they are confirmed to be virus-free, NBC News reported.