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  • Washington firm recalls Small Heart Strawberry Trays due to undeclared allergens
    Washington firm recalls Small Heart Strawberry Trays due to undeclared allergens
    The United States Food and Drug Administration announced a recall by Real Foods in Kent, Washington of their Small Heart Strawberry Trays with Devonshire Dip due to undeclared allergens in these products which is the result of mispackaging...
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    New apples approved for growth in the US will expand GMO reach in supermarkets
    The United States Department of Agriculture stated on its website Feb. 13 that genetically modified apples that don’t brown when they are bruised or cut have been approved for growing in the US. The new apples aim to expand growth in markets...
  • Peanut allergies alert: Whole Foods pulls items from shelves on East Coast
    Peanut allergies alert: Whole Foods pulls items from shelves on East Coast
    Here's a heads up for peanut-sensitive people who shop at Whole Foods on the East Coast. A Feb. 10, 2015 report on NJ.com reports that stores on the East Coast have issued food recalls for 60-plus items. The reason? Some ground cumin might...
  • Study shows FDA hides facts about bad clinical practices
    Study shows FDA hides facts about bad clinical practices
    The United States Food and Drug Administration did 644 inspections of clinical sites where biomedical research is performed on human subjects in 2013. Only two of the inspections that failed to meet standards were ever mentioned in any medical...
  • IUD lifetime is 60 percent longer than FDA claims
    IUD lifetime is 60 percent longer than FDA claims
    A new study of the effective life cycle of hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants has found that both methods of birth control last considerably longer than the United States Food and Drug Administration recommend. Dr....
  • President Barack Obama
    More than 12 government agencies cannot do the job, Obama wants to add one more
    Today, February 2, 2015, President Barack Obama sent his FY 2016 federal budget to the U.S. Congress to increase taxes, spending and debt to the nation's balance sheet. Included in the vast budget was a plan to add another agency, the Food...
  • 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...
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    Deaths, illness linked to listeria from Bakersfield apple supplier
    A recent outbreak of listeria related illnesses has been traced to a Bakersfield apple supplier, according to an announcement on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Following additional laboratory tests, FDA officials said that...
  • 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...
  • Pet food safety
    Pet food safety questioned
    A pet food watchdog group announced late Jan. 4 that recent laboratory tests it sponsored suggest that many popular products may not be as safe as advertised.The Association for Truth in Pet Food said that tests of six cat foods and six dog foods...
  • 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...