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  • Pet food
    Purina told to fix problems at pet food plant
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Purina to correct “significant violations” of federal regulations at a plant that makes wet pet food, including Friskies for cats and Alpo for dogs.In a Jan. 2 “warning...
  • Weighing pros and cons
    FDA to study shorter risk disclosures for TV drug ads
    In a move that could dramatically change the way pharmaceutical products are marketed to the public, the FDA will undertake a study aimed at determining whether a "limited risk plus disclosure" policy yields better public understanding...
  • Feel the burn
    FDA approves vagus nerve stimulator to treat obesity
    Faced with an ever-increasing percentage of the US population deemed obese, the FDA has approved a first-of-its-kind device to treat the condition. On January 14, FDA announced the approval of the Maestro Rechargeable System, a surgically...
  • Pet food safety
    Pet food industry insists products are safe
    Pet food makers are disputing a consumer group’s claim that many cat and dog food products may be unsafe for animals.The Pet Food Institute (PFI), an industry group, released a statement Jan. 7 saying that “pet food ingredients and...
  • Hookahs, 'snus' use more likely to lead teens to smoke cigarettes
    Hookah tobacco, 'snus' use more likely to lead youth to smoke cigarettes
    Smoking tobacco from hookah pipes and using a type of smokeless tobacco called “snus” appear to be linked to starting smoking cigarettes among teenagers and young adults who hadn’t smoked before, according to a new study. The...
  • Pregnancy
    Change in drug labeling will keep pregnant women better informed
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a final rule that requires drug companies to outline the risks associated with taking medicine while pregnant and breastfeeding. The new system, said the FDA in a Dec. 3 news release, ...
  • How safe is our blood supply?
    FDA considers lifting ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men
    Tucked into an amendment to the meeting agenda for the Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 meetings of the Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC) is a notification that the committee will be considering lifting its longstanding ban on blood donation by men who...
  • FDA to consider removing blood donation ban for gay men
    FDA to consider removing blood donation ban for gay men
    This week, the Food and Drug Administration could decide to lift a ban that has been standing for 31 years. The ban, which was implemented in 1983, currently bars gay men from donating blood, despite the advances that have been made in blood...
  • Codex Alimentarius Commission
    Codex Alimentarius and future vitamin guidelines
    CODEX ALIMENTARIUS - Part One"Codex Alimentarius" is a Latin term that literally translates to mean "food code" or "a book relating to food." It is also the clever the monogram attached to a commission developed by...
  • Pizza chains, movie theaters, and bars will now be under FDA regulations to post calories on their menus
    Sweeping changes: FDA strengthens calorie-posting requirements
    On Tuesday, Nov. 25, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new requirements about calorie labeling that would stretch even into movie theaters and bars. Menu labeling was part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), requiring chain...
  • JAMA comes down hard on FDA and pharmaceutical companies
    JAMA comes down hard on FDA and pharmaceutical companies
    Dr. Steven Woloshin of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire and colleagues found significant faults with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies in following drug...
  • Wendy's has changed to zero trans-fat oil for nuggets and fries.
    New FDA rules require full listing of calories
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new rules that will require restaurants and even vending machines to post the calorie content of all of the foods they sell. The rules apply to restaurant chains having 20 or more locations and...
  • Restaurants chains must comply with new FDA regulations and list calories on menus
    FDA: Calorie counts must be listed on restaurant menus
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two regulations on calorie information listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, as well as some other retail food establishments and vending machines. The regulations are part of the...
  • Recalled beef products
    Nationwide ‘High-Risk Recall’ on ground beef products
    Yesterday on Saturday, the FDA issued notice that approximately 1,200 pounds of various ground beef products have been recalled because of possible high risk of E.Coli 0157 H7.The contamination happened at Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais...
  • Viagra pink pill: Pink Viagra sham, you don't need this?
    Pink Viagra sham: Sexism cited in lack of Viagra pill for women, really?
    It isn’t women rattling the cages of government for a pink Viagra pill, it is the pharmaceutical companies using the ploy of equality for women when it comes to sexual dysfunction. That little pink Viagra pill is billed as something that...