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Cookie frosting toxicity for dogs

My two pugs (15-pound females) got into the garbage and ate probably about a tablespoon each of CakeMate cookie frosting (similar to this.) I've googled each ingredient (i.e., xanthan gum, propylene glycol alginate) and none appear to be toxic to dogs. They are exhibiting no physical or behavioural symptoms of poisoning. Should I continue to worry?
posted by docgonzo on Dec 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Eat it or not: Expired fish stock edition

I have two unopened jars of commercially prepared fish stock. Expiration date April 2013. I planned to make seafood bisque as part of a special dinner tonight and will seriously disappoint someone if I don't (and don't have time to buy more stock.) But food poisoning ain't festive. Eat, or forget the bisque, baby? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Dec 16, 2013 - 16 answers

Bitter aftertaste in apple butter?

I just made a large batch of apple butter (~8 pecks) in a giant uncoated copper kettle, cooked on top of a wood fire for the better part of the day. The texture is great, but there is a bitter aftertaste (stronger in some parts, like those from the side of the pot, than others) that slightly worries me — what could have caused it, and is it plausibly safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by caaaaaam on Nov 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Ok, time for an embarrassing diarrhea question.

4 days of the runs, I don't have a doctor and this doesn't seem severe enough for the ER. But it hurts so please help! [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Oct 25, 2011 - 18 answers

Can I eat this - dyed stockpot edition...

Stupidly used a huge and expensive stainless steel stockpot to do some home fabric dyeing with a cheap powder dye (Dylon or something very similar). Can I safely reuse this pot if I can get it looking new again with Bar Keeper's Friend? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Jun 30, 2011 - 20 answers

Lead in the dirt?

Is there really a garden-ban in Portland, Maine because of lead in the soil? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Mar 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Bay Area MDs who specialize in radiation exposure?

Posting for a friend in Tokyo who is concerned about health effects of radiation. Am seeking referrals for medical doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area who specialize in diagnosis and/or treatment of radiation exposure.
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Mar 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Can we eat cheese left out all night and not die?

Another question about can I eat this. When putting away our Christmas Groceries my husband overlooked putting the cheese in the fridge. A container of Parmesan shavings and two hunks of soft goat cheese were left out all night. Should we toss or keep?
posted by bananafish on Dec 23, 2010 - 26 answers

Mercury safety in a shop making neon tubes

Mercury safety in a sign shop making neon tubes... [more inside]
posted by buzzv on May 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Carbon Monoxide poisoning from smoke?

Can I get carbon monoxide poisoning from burned food? Today, I made oatmeal on an electric stove ... only, I totally forgot about it. When I finally realized, the whole room (very small one-bedroom flat) was filled with smoke, and the oatmeal was thoroughly burned. Everything else is fine, but right now, I'm just worried that I might get carbon monoxide poisoning. Should I rush over to the emergency room right now, or can I wait till Monday to see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Feb 20, 2010 - 18 answers

It's not your cooking, I swear...

I seem to suffer from food poisoning way more often than most people. I know YANMD, but do you think this could indicate some underlying problem? (Gross explanation inside) [more inside]
posted by forza on Jan 5, 2010 - 18 answers

How soon will i know if i have food poisoning

How quickly will I know whether or not I have food poisoning? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Oct 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Coins kill condors.

This morning we saw a sign at Grand Canyon about a female condor that died from zinc poisoning following the ingestion of too many coins (presumably, it had been looking for sources of calcium in order to produce harder eggshells). Dad immediately declared that the given cause of death is untrue, since zinc in coins is inert. Prove him wrong, hive mind! [more inside]
posted by halogen on Jun 9, 2009 - 16 answers

Unleaded or Regular?

[MythFilter]: Grandmothers always say never buy a dented can from the supermarket. Is there any truth to this today? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Apr 16, 2009 - 34 answers

I just ate accidentally ate some cheese with pink bacteria growing on it, will I get sick?

I ate some cheddar cheese with a pink bacterial plaque growing on it, could this be something that'll make me sick? [more inside]
posted by CTORourke on Mar 23, 2009 - 18 answers

Question about mercury poisoning

The other day I accidentally stepped on a package of CFL lightbulbs, buried under a pile of clothing. When I looked at the package I saw that one of the light bulbs was broken, and noticed a small amount of powder escape while I was trying to dispose of it. Later I scoured the room but I couldn't see the powder anymore or find it on any of my clothing. I read online that if you get mercury on your clothing you're supposed to throw it out...but there was so much clothing on the floor that it would be a huge loss for me to throw all of it out, and I'm not sure where, or what amount, of mercury might have gotten on it. [more inside]
posted by unicazurn on Feb 5, 2009 - 18 answers

Am I tempting food poisoning?

Aw crap, I left some salmon out overnight. Is it still safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan on Sep 12, 2008 - 34 answers

How fast does the body eliminate lead?

My baby recently tested quite high (but not at an emergency level) for lead. He had two tests in a row, so we're pretty sure they're correct. We've got all kinds of information on eliminating lead and we're doing everything we can, but we'd like to make a plan about assessing his progress and considering more serious steps like moving if it's not great. Does anyone know how fast one can expect blood levels to drop after removing the source of exposure?
posted by lgyre on Sep 3, 2008 - 13 answers

Help me determine if lotion causes my newly-induced, chronic skin rash that doesn't fit description of other afflictions.

Can you get skin poisoning from a usually good lotion that's 'gone bad'? [more inside]
posted by skyper on Jul 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Is my Muffaletta mix safe to eat?

Can-I-Eat-This-filter: Is this jar of Muffaletta olive salad mix safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by melorama on May 11, 2008 - 24 answers

Help me go beyond high school chem class, LD50-wise.

Calling all science types: Help me get a more sophisticated grasp of the "LD50" concept used to test the toxicity of substances. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Aug 8, 2007 - 17 answers

How normal is a terrible memory?

Bad memory makes me feel stupid. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2007 - 25 answers

Will catching NYC mice make my cats sick/dead?

Will catching NYC mice make my cats sick/dead? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Sep 12, 2006 - 2 answers

So, what could opened, exposed processed cheese do to you if you ate it?

I just ate some supposedly sealed processed cheese spread that I now have reason to believe has been open indefinitely. As in, quite possibly since leaving the packing place. What's the likely fallout? [more inside]
posted by weston on Feb 2, 2006 - 16 answers

Does natural gas kill?

Does natural gas alone kill? I need someone to explain how natural gas becomes carbon monoxide and why my pet is dead. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Nov 16, 2005 - 25 answers

What could have poisoned the kitty?

My friend's (strictly indoor) cat recently died of poisoning. Potential causes? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Oct 31, 2005 - 14 answers

How can I tell if my stove is slowly leaking gas?

GasLeakFilter:
This evening, I installed the 1963 Kenmore Griddletop I'd purchased a few weeks ago into my kitchen. At the re-sell shop where it was purchased, I was shownthat all the burners worked, that there were no leaks (some sort of geiger counter). At any rate, I suddenly have a weird sort of sore throat, and I'm wondering if the damn thing isn't leaking. So: first, how do I determine if it's leaking, and two, what are the signs of low-level natural gas poisoning?
(I *did* shut off the gas valve and have range hood fan going, just in case)
posted by notsnot on Dec 13, 2004 - 14 answers

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