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.
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,
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,"
"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.