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The Food and Drug Administration has been figuring out how to fight terrorism with raspberry syrup. Why? The federal government has stockpiled potassium iodide (KI) to counteract the poisonous effects of radioactive iodine released in a nuclear incident.

KI is stockpiled in tablet form because tablets are easier to store. In an emergency, parents and caregivers might have to give KI to infants and children who cannot swallow tablets or hate the taste.

To determine how to administer the salty pills, FDA asked testers to drink mixtures of KI with water, milk, orange juice, flat soda and raspberry syrup. 'The mixture of potassium iodide with raspberry syrup disguises the taste of potassium iodide best,' FDA found.

Instructions for administering KI to adults, infants and children are at fda.gov/cder. Click on 'Bioterrorism: Drug Preparedness and Response.'

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