Today’s Headlines: Double Check Your Vitamins, Why Your Activity Tracker May Be Inaccurate, and What’s Wrong With FDA Recall Protocol

Nature Made vitamins were recalled last Tuesday. Recalled vitamins may be contaminated by bacteria like salmonella. “Symptoms of salmonella illness, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, may begin 12 to 72 hours after a person is exposed to the bacteria. Illness can last four to seven days and most people recover on their own. Consumers are advised to stop using the affected Nature Made products and return them to stores for full refunds. Pharmavite is asking retailers and distributors to remove the impacted products from store shelves immediately.” If you have Nature Made vitamins at home, check the lot numbers on the back of the bottle to make sure yours are not part of the tainted batches. (CNN)

People who have issues walking or performing physical activities can get erroneous results when using fitness trackers. Fitness trackers may seem reliable but a new study found that those who used canes or walkers took more steps than indicated on their tracker. “The FitBit One, Omron and Jawbone UP all underestimated actual steps by less than 10 percent for people walking without assistive devices, but had much larger margins of error for those using canes or walkers…Activity monitors worn on the wrist tend not to be accurate for older people with mobility issues…” To get a more accurate reading, researchers recommended using a pedometer worn near the waist instead of the arm. (Reuters)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may not have an efficient recall process in place. According to a new report by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA does not issue timely recalls. “The report suggested that the FDA instruct recall staff to set timeframes for recalling products. Waiting too long to recall products has endangered consumers in the past, the report found, citing a nut butter recall in which at least 14 people became ill from salmonella. More than five months passed from when the FDA identified the contaminated product to when the company initiated a recall.” The FDA will be updating its procedures in order to catch recalls and other health issues earlier. (Time)