June 4, 2021

Around the nation: FDA warns not to eat cicadas if you're allergic to seafood

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    FDA in a tweet Wednesday warned that people allergic to seafood should not eat cicadas, as they "share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Indiana, and New Mexico.

    • District of Columbia: FDA in a tweet Wednesday warned that people allergic to seafood should not eat cicadas, as they "share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters." Since the cicadas arrived on the East Coast in mid-May, some chefs and home cooks have experimented with recipes that include the edible insects, such as wrapping them in rice or putting them in tacos, the Washington Post reports. "If you're allergic to one, there's a chance you can be allergic to both [cicadas and shellfish]," Jerome Grant, an etymology professor at the University of Tennessee's Institute of Agriculture, said, adding, "It's better to be safe" (Azad, CNN, 6/2; Heil, Washington Post, 6/2).
    • Indiana: Community Healthcare System announced Tuesday that Gregg Ferlin has been named CFO of Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana. Ferlin has served as VP of finance at Community Healthcare since 2012 and previously served as director of accounting. Ferlin will succeed Mary Ann Shacklett, who is retiring (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/2).
    • New Mexico: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) on Tuesday announced that New Mexico residents who receive their Covid-19 vaccine will be entered to win prizes from a pool of $10 million, including a $5 million grand prize, marking the largest single prize for getting vaccinated in the United States. "Getting vaccinated is the right thing to do—for yourself, for your family, and for your state," Lujan Grisham said. "I'm excited to add a little fun to our nation-leading vaccination push" (Attanasio, Associated Press/ABC News, 6/1).
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