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Trash pick-ups delayed next week

Garbage pick-up services will be delayed one day next week in Sunnyside and Mabton because of the Fourth of July holiday.

All trash routes will be moved back a day, meaning those who normally have their garbage picked up on Monday won't be serviced until Tuesday. Tuesday's routes will be moved to Wednesday, Wednesday's routes to Thursday, Thursday's routes to Friday, and Friday's routes to Saturday.

Also, all Yakima landfills and the Lower Valley transfer station will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Food preservation classes to be

held in August

YAKIMA - The WSU Extension office will offer three food preservation classes on Aug. 1, 8 and 15. Each class will be held from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. at the Fruitvale Grange (2908 Castlevale Road.

The Monday, Aug. 1, class will deal with canning fruits and vegetables. Pickling will be the class topic on Monday, Aug. 8, and learning how to make traditional jams and jellies will be covered in the Monday, Aug. 15, class.

There is a $10 charge to attend each class. Registration fees, along with the class of choice, should be sent to the WSU Extension office at the Yakima County Courthouse, 128 N. Second St., room 233, Yakima, Wa. 98901.

Lead found in candy, pottery made in Mexico

Washington state health officials are warning local residents that excessive amounts of lead have been found in candy and handmade pottery from Mexico.

The Washington State Department of Health is advising people to avoid eating imported candy that contains tamarind or chili, and to avoid storing or cooking food in traditional, handmade pottery from Mexico.

"Exposure to lead can be poisonous to humans, especially infants, young children and developing fetuses," said Dr. Juliet VanEenwym, state epidemiologist for non-infectious conditions.

"Lead poisoning can result in life-long learning disabilities and behavioral disorders," added VanEenwym.

Candy purchased from stores throughout Washington state by health officials showed that about half of the samples from Mexico exceeded the food chemical codex specification for lead in sugar.

"We found lead contamination in various brands," said VanEenwyk.

"We are warning people to avoid all imported candy that contains tamarind or chili."

The FDA does not have a fixed standard for the amount of lead allowed in candy, although the federal agency can prohibit the importation of candy if there is presumptive evidence that it is unsafe. Currently, the FDA prohibits candy if it has 0.5 parts per million lead, or if the agency estimates that a child eating the candy will consume more than 6 micrograms of lead—the recommended daily maximum allowance of lead for children.

A new FDA rule setting specific limits for lead in candy is expected soon. However, much of the candy from Mexico may be imported in small shipments, which the FDA does not inspect.

In testing 58 samples of traditional terra cotta pottery that was made in Mexico, the Department of Health found some that were stamped "lead-free, safe for food use." Unsafe levels of lead were found in 47 of the 58 samples, including one of the pieces stamped as lead-free. One piece of pottery contained 3,000 times the amount of lead the FDA considers to be safe. Health officials advise that traditional Mexican pottery should be used only as decorations, never to store or cook food.

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