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James Pushes For Standards For Baby Food

State Attorney General Letitia James has urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action and protect the health and well-being of babies across the United States by setting uniform standards across all baby foods. In a letter to Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock, James urges the FDA to follow recent congressional recommendations that would set standards for all baby food, not just rice cereal, and that would require all food manufacturers to test their finished products for toxic metals rather than just their separate ingredients. The House Oversight and Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy recently published a report that determined that there are high levels of toxic heavy metals — including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury — in baby foods being sold by at least four of the nation’s seven largest manufacturers. Notably, three manufacturers — including Walmart (Parent’s Choice), Campbell (Plum Organics) and Sprout Organic Foods — refused to cooperate with the congressional investigation.

Three Are Held After Drug Raid

WESTFIELD — More than $13,000 in cash and a number of assorted drugs were located in a home Thursday morning by Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force officials leading to three men being in custody. Around 6:35 a.m., force members from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, its K-9 unit, Dunkirk Police Department, Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force and JPD K-9 and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office SWAT executed a search warrant at 7518 Route 20 in the town. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s SWAT made entry into the residence and detained the males inside. Investigators then searched the home and found $13,367.00 in cash, approximately 226 grams of Psilocybin, 3.11 grams of LSD, 170 grams of concentrated cannabis, 1 gram of cocaine, and 41 grams of marijuana along with scales and packaging material. This was the result of a three-month investigation into drug sales at the residence. There were no charges filed at this time as the investigation is continuing.

RSVP Program Awarded Grant

Lutheran Social Services in Jamestown will receive $75,000 to benefit its AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP program. The AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP program provides grants to engage Americans, age 55 and older, to help communities tackle their toughest challenges. The federal grant money was awarded as part of a grant competition to increase the impact of national service in new or specific geographic areas, and will help to recruit and manage an estimated 4,336 senior volunteers across New York. Each year, AmeriCorps Seniors engages approximately 195,000 Americans 55 and older through its Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and RSVP programs, leveraging their passion and knowledge to address some of our country’s most pressing issues. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve their communities through initiatives as diverse as combatting elder abuse and financial exploitation, opioid abuse/prevention, transportation services, intergenerational education, housing services, food insecurity, helping students transition to online schooling, connecting veterans to jobs and benefits, and responding to the new challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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