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Health Highlights: Aug.1, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

McDonald's Removing Certain Ingredients from Products

Certain ingredients are being removed from popular menu items, McDonald's says.

The changes include removing high-fructose corn syrup from burger buns and eliminating artificial ingredients from Chicken McNuggets and other products, the Associated Press reported.

However, the new announcement by McDonald's doesn't address the issue of too many calories, which is the major problem associated with restaurant food, according to Michael Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

For example, using sugar instead of high-fructose doesn't make burger buns any healthier, he told the AP.

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Blue Bell Creameries Fined $850,000 Over Listeria Outbreak

Blue Bell Creameries has been fined $850,000 in connection with a 2015 listeria outbreak that caused three deaths.

Texas health officials said the company must pay $175,000 within 30 days and the remainder of the fine within 18 months, United Press International reported.

Blue Bell also agreed to allow state inspectors full access to its plant and to alert state officials of any positive listeria test results.

"The company must maintain its 'test and hold' procedures for all finished product, meaning ice cream must be found to be free of pathogens before it can be sold to the public," the health department said, UPI reported.


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