Health & Functionality

The FDA says concerns on black licorice overdosing relate to the compound glycyrrhizin. Photo: ©GettyImages/lpm12

FDA issues black licorice ‘overdose’ warning before Halloween

By Douglas Yu

Eating two ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land a person older than 40 years old in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the day before Halloween this year.

Hospitals urged to stop selling confectionery containing more than 250 calories. ©GettyImages/Marbury

NHS England bans ‘super-sized’ chocolate bars

By Oliver Nieburg

England’s National Health Service (NHS England) has set a 250 calorie limit on confectionery sold in hospital canteens, stores, vending machines and its other outlets.