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Confused by Date Labels on Packaged Foods?
Consumer uncertainty about the meaning of the dates that appear on the labels of packaged foods is believed to contribute to about 20 percent of food waste in the home. Here are some ways to reduce food loss and waste, without risking illness from consuming spoiled food.
FDA Researchers Advance Science for Vaccines to Prevent Mumps and Whooping Cough
Reported cases of mumps and pertussis have risen in the US in recent years even though many people are vaccinated. As part of the FDA commitment to protect the public health, FDA scientists are working to learn why more cases are occurring.
Los investigadores de la FDA logran avances científicos en las vacunas para prevenir las paperas y la tosferina
El número de casos de paperas y tosferina en los Estados Unidos ha aumentado en los últimos años, a pesar de que muchas personas son vacunadas. Como parte de su compromiso de proteger la salud pública, los científicos de la FDA se esfuerzan por saber por qué se están presentando más casos y cómo las vacunas —que ya son seguras y eficaces— pueden mejorarse aún más. He aquí lo que debe saber.
Think Before You Ink: Are Tattoos Safe?
Are tattoos safe? Not always. More people are getting tattoos, and some have developed infections from contaminated inks, or had bad reactions to the inks themselves.
A Tattoo for You? Seven Key Questions to Consider
As tattoos have become more popular, the number of people suffering from infections and other bad reactions has also increased.
5 Things to Know About Triclosan
Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products to help reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. Are there benefits?
Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It, Use Plain Soap and Water
Think antibacterial soaps reduce your risk of getting an infection? Not necessarily, the FDA says. There is no data demonstrating that over-the-counter antibacterial soaps are better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.
Who's in Clinical Trials?
FDA is making demographic information from clinical trials, such as the inclusion of women and minority groups, more easily available and transparent to consumers.
Animal & Veterinary
Consumer articles from FDA about animal health and veterinary medicine.
Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is continuing to evaluate sunscreen products to help protect consumers from sunburn. Because certain sunscreens can help prevent skin cancer caused by the sun when used as directed with other sun protection measures, it's important to know how to use them properly. Also learn about other ways to protect yourself from sun damage.
Vaccination Is the Best Protection Against Measles
Measles is not a harmless childhood disease. It's dangerous and can be life-threatening. Our most effective public health measure against measles is prevention with the measles vaccine.
Laser Toys: How to Keep Kids Safe
When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from laser pointers and laser toys can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding consumers how to stay safe.
Fact or Fiction: What to Know About Smoking Cessation and Medications
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 480,000 deaths annually. Almost 70 percent of current smokers report wanting to quit smoking, but quitting can be hard and often takes multiple attempts. Learn the facts.
Children's Health
Kids aren't just small adults. From diet and nutrition to their reactions to medicine, their bodies are unique. Read these Consumer Updates to learn more.
Vaccines, Blood & Biologics
From blood to vaccines, FDA protects and advances the public health by ensuring that biological products are safe, effective, and available to those who need them. Read these Consumer Updates to learn more.
Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Here's how to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines.
Medicamentos
Información para el consumidor sobre la seguridad de los medicamentos y medicinas.
Taking Z-drugs for Insomnia? Know the Risks
Z-drugs (prescribed for insomnia) may help you sleep, but also carry serious risks. FDA is adding its most prominent warning, a Boxed Warning, to the label. Find out the benefits as well as risks of taking Z-drugs.
The FDA Encourages New Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is collaborating with patients, academics, and the pharmaceutical industry to encourage the development of new treatments for sickle cell disease (SCD).