The FDA fails again.

Plus: How to help your kids eat more fruits and veggies.

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"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens."

— Mandy Hale

The Daily Tonic is a two to five minute read sharing science backed health news and tips, all while getting you to crack a smile or even lol on occasion.

Tuesday. It’s Tax Day. Congrats to everyone that successfully filed their taxes before today’s deadline. And for the 19 million Americans that asked for an extension, we get it. I am still figuring out what else to expense as a newsletter writer. I wonder if I can claim my morning coffee as a “necessary business expense?” Moving on from taxes, let’s talk about infant formula and how vulnerable we are to another crisis. Let’s dive in.

Zero Lessons Learned 

There are many things the government isn’t good at, and apparently, handling food safety problems is one of those things.  

Your child’s safety is probably your number one priority if you're a parent. Unfortunately, many parents are concerned about the safety of the formula they are feeding their infant, especially given the recent recall of Enfamil ProSobee Simply Plant-Based Infant Formula due to the possibility of contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii. 

While the recall was announced in February, it turns out that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had become aware of the positive test that led to the recall back in November, raising questions about the agency's ability to handle food safety problems.

This isn't the first time the FDA has been slow to respond to reports of food safety issues, and it's not just infants who are at risk. Food safety advocates are concerned about the agency's ability to protect consumers from dangerous pathogens. In the wake of last year's massive recall of infant formula due to Cronobacter contamination, which led to the deaths of two infants, many are wondering whether the FDA has learned any lessons.

Spoiler alert — probably not. 

There has been four separate formula recalls over Cronobacter contamination in the past year, more than in the last decade combined. While the Reckitt recall was relatively small compared to last year's Abbott recall, it's still troubling that it took the FDA months to announce it. The positive test that sparked the recall was detected in November, but the announcement wasn’t made until February. 

What are we doing here? 

Food safety advocates are calling on Congress to investigate the FDA's handling of the infant formula crisis. They're particularly concerned about the agency's apparent lack of proactivity when it comes to identifying and addressing food safety problems. Instead of waiting for reports of illnesses to come in, the FDA needs to be more vigilant in monitoring food production facilities and taking action when contamination is detected. It seems obvious, but here we are. 

It's also troubling that the FDA missed major food safety problems at the Sturgis, Michigan plant, where last year's recall was initiated. The fact that roof leaks and other egregious violations were not detected during a routine inspection raises serious questions about the agency's inspection procedures. 

The key takeaway? The FDA needs to get it together and start doing its job. That said, the best thing parents can do is stay informed about recalls and pay attention to any news about potential contamination. While it's alarming that the FDA has been slow to respond to food safety reports, you can protect your child by being vigilant and informed. 

In the meantime, let's hope that Congress and the FDA can work together to ensure that the food we eat is safe and free from harmful pathogens. I just wouldn’t hold my breath.

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Speaking Of Kids… 

Are you tired of trying to get your kids to eat their veggies? Well, it turns out the solution might be as simple as slowing down and spending a little more time at the dinner table. 

A recent study found that when families took 30 minutes to eat instead of 20, kids ate "significantly" more fruits and vegetables. Sounds like a win to me. 

This is especially important given a recent report that found that children ages 1 to 5 aren't getting enough daily fruits and veggies, which can lead to all sorts of health issues. 

So why not slow things down at dinner? Take your time, have good conversations, help your body digest better, and encourage your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. It is a true win-win! 

Tonic Shots

  • Meat made in a lab is getting weirder and weirder. Scientists have now developed a meatball made of — you guessed it — woolly mammoth. That’s right — the giant, extinct elephant-looking thing. I wonder what the nutritional facts are on those? Read more. 

  • Arugula on pizza? At least it's not pineapple. Arugula is rich in calcium, potassium, folate, vitamins C, K, and A, and antioxidants. Check out this recipe for a healthy spin on everyone’s favorite carb.

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