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Cara Hopkins' Blog

FDA "tweets" the word out

In yet another sign that our new, tech-savvy President is changing the way information is dispersed from Washington, the Food and Drug Administration is using the social networking site Twitter to disseminate up-to-the-minute alerts about recalled peanut products in the nationwide salmonella outbreak. Similar to the status update on a Facebook profile, Twitter allows up to 140 characters per message—each tidbit of information is called a “tweet.” Twitter can be accessed via the internet, but is most commonly used on a handheld device, such as an iPhone. The FDA’s been tweeting away as the list of more than 800 recalls grows by the hour. To see the most recent tweets or to start following them on Twitter, go to

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