After an election season infused with contraception-bashing partisanship, on Tuesday the FDA lowered the age at which a person can access Plan B One-Step to 15. The federal government had required that women under 17 years-old obtain a prescription for emergency contraception, but in early April, a ... More >>
Excellent news: Cured pork from small producers in Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, and Piedmont could soon be available in the U.S. The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services announced last week that the FDA plans to lift its ban by the end of May since the regions were found to be fre ... More >>
Dining at even expensive seafood restaurants won't guarantee that you'll get the fish you ordered. Red Snapper? Could be tilapia. A study released today by Oceana revealed that seafood fraud is rampant, especially in New York City.
After 35 years of urging farmers and ranchers to curb their use of antibiotics as growth inducers in animals, the FDA has announced a new collaboration with drug companies, vets and livestock producers to limit the practice.
The Environmental Protection Agency has finally released its report on the non-cancer dangers of dioxins -- toxic chemicals that abound in most consumer products. Though health advocates have been wary of dioxins for years, the FDA has said after a nearly 3 decades-long delay that the nasty carcino ... More >>
The Food and Drug Administration thinks that a sketchy foreign fungicide might have contaminated Brazilian orange juice -- so FDA officials might start turning away OJ imports from there, according to NJ.com.
It's always good to know that the people who raise the nation's livestock and sow the country's crops really want to put health first. Or not. A group of top U.S. food producers has recently protested the Food and Drug Administration's upcoming demands for tougher dioxin limits in nutritional stap ... More >>
Cows, chickens, and pigs in America are on lots of drugs -- and even account for 80 percent of the country's antibiotic consumption, Time reports. But now, Food and Drug Administration officials have called on the ag industry to limit antibiotic use in livestock, as they think it might lead to the ... More >>
Here's some depressing news from Food Consumer, just in time for Halloween: Licorice can cause irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia, and now the FDA encourages only moderate consumption of the jet-black candy.
New research suggests that babies develop their palates in the womb and that what a woman eats while pregnant could affect her child's tastes later in life. [NPR] The FDA will soon start to regulate gluten-free foods. Currently, a gluten-free label doesn't necessarily ensure that a product a ... More >>
Like New York City's gross "salt, sugar and soda will kill you" ads, but more disgusting, the FDA has decided upon a set of graphics and short phrases that will adorn all packs of cigarettes beginning next year. Rotting teeth, a tracheotomy hole, dirty lungs and suffering babies are among the ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science gets on its hands and knees and crawls around, searching the dark world of science and technology. Often terrifying, sometimes humbling, our discoveries will make you call your best bud and go, "Wha--?" This week, we examine why Germany's E. Coli outbreak has been ... More >>
Satur FarmsIf you shop at the farmers market and patronize the kind of restaurants that tout their use of local produce, it's easy to view FDA recalls and salmonella-tainted crops as a problem limited to industrialized farming and unscrupulous corporations. Unfortunately, that's not always th ... More >>
Increased food prices have begun to affect diners directly, with restaurants like Per Se and 'wichcraft raising their menu prices. [Wall Street Journal] A group of women at Bravo were said to be bitching about the special treatment Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi gets. (This is news?) [NY Post] He ... More >>
Following in the footsteps of the New York Department of Health, the FDA has overhauled its food recall search engine to make it easier to use.
When police in Brooklyn pulled a 29-year-old driver over for not signaling while making a turn, what was supposed to be a routine inspection turned into a $60,000 bust of illegal cigarettes. The cigarettes had a street value of $40,000 and were unstamped. The New York Post reports that the ma ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Eater posted its guide to navigating 10 different awkward restaurant situations. Grub Street revealed that a bar you can't find has closed. A Hamburger Today listed its favorite burgers in the city, including Bill's Bar and Burger's and Minetta Tavern's. Atlantic Food ... More >>
It's a good day for dorks! Everyone knows that one preppy girl in their lives whose parents had enough money to buy her Invisalign, the plastic dentures that spare you the embarrassment of walking around with a mouth full of metal while making your teeth perfect over time. But those of us traumat ... More >>
The great canned pumpkin shortage of 2009-10 has ended. Nestle, which sells about 85 percent of the canned pumpkin in the U.S., said increased demand was to blame for the shortage. [Boston Herald] As the FDA nears the approval of genetically modified salmon, questions over its safety have ar ... More >>
Follow E. coli here, there, any everywhere!Can't keep track of whether it's spinach or peanut butter that's tainted with salmonella, or which industrial food product E. Coli's worked its way into week? The FDA wants to help. It's teamed up with the Department of Agriculture, the Consumer Prod ... More >>
Bummer. Turns out that the proposed sexual desire drug flibanserin is actually not going to be the little pink pill for women. Per the New York Times, the drug, which was under consideration from the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee to the FDA, was deemed "not robust enough to jus ... More >>
You'd think anyone who wanted to fight in the armed forces would be hugely welcomed, especially with an international crisis going on--but no, not gays! You'd suspect that anyone crazy enough to get married should be given carte blanche to do whatever they want about it--but no, not gays!
Next month the FDA will decide whether or not to endorse a pill called flibanserin (yeah, that name has got to go) which purports to boost women's sex lives. The drug, made by German pharma company Boehringer Ingelheim, sparks "a woman's sexual desire by fiddling with her brain chemicals." Wh ... More >>
It's not as exciting as ramps to most foodies, but watercress has been gaining a following among both chefs and home cooks, and it's in season now. [NY Times] Food photography in restaurants is getting out of hand. Dovetail's John Fraser has had customers set up tripods. Momofuku Ko, La Esqu ... More >>
Put down the shaker and no one gets hurt.Just yesterday we all found out how much we really distrust the government. Today we learn, via the Washington Post, that the FDA is about to start ever-so-sneakily reducing our salt intake. Hm.
As we expected, the city council went ahead and passed that ban on flavored tobacco products, which "improves" the FDA action against the yum smokes by including flavored cigars, chewing tobacco, and cigarillos in the order. The Mayor is expected to sign it. "That looks like a lip gloss," s ... More >>
As if swine flu weren't enough to worry about, a man in upstate New York has died of Eastern equine encephalitis. This brain virus is rare at present and spread by mosquitoes to horses, humans and other animals; no cure is known for the human cases. Officials in other states have had their ey ... More >>
Before you drop a dollar in that busker's open guitar case, be forewarned: Dunkin' Donuts has hired a dozen street musicians to play around Manhattan. The faux buskers are making $20 per hour in the "Breakfast NOT Brokefast" campaign, which promotes eating a Dunkin' Donuts breakfast instead of donat ... More >>
Wired has the inside scoop on some popular food chains' secret menus: In-N-Out Burger's The Flying Dutchman (two beef patties, two cheese slices, no bun), Jamba Juice's extras of white gummi bears and strawberry shortcake, and Starbucks' Black Eye (a Red Eye with an extra shot of espresso). [Wired] ... More >>
Yay! Last month a federal judge (in Brooklyn!) ruled that the FDA had no business restricting the unprescribed sale of Plan B to women over 18. Today the Food and Drug Administration caved and reversed its ruling, which means 17-year-olds will be able to buy Plan B, aka the morning-after pill, whi ... More >>
More fodder for those who believe the FDA needs a total overhaul--another food recall! This time, it's pistachios. The recall involves one million pounds of the nuts, possibly contaminated with salmonella, produced by Setton Pistachios in California. The FDA recommends avoiding all pistachios and pi ... More >>
After coming down hard on the government's inadequate inspection of food processing plants, President Obama has vowed to improve food safety by reorganizing the FDA and tightening regulations. And who has he enlisted to help him? None other than former New York City health commissioner, Dr. Margar ... More >>
An enterprising University of Missouri student has created a line of alcohol-flavored popcorn called Pub Corn.[CNN]According to figures from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the cube steak is experiencing a resurgence in popularity.[NY Times]Noting that the Texas and Georgia peanut produc ... More >>
McDonald's is lowering its prices in China as the nation's economy slows.[NY Times]The FDA defends its handling of the salmonella peanuts saying they were already investigating the Peanut Corporation of America.[NY Daily News]Some fans of the Biggest Loser are compelled to eat unhealthily while they ... More >>
In an interview on the Today show earlier today, President Obama said the Food and Drug Administration needs to step it up. With a salmonella outbreak in peanut butter blamed for eight deaths and sickening over 500 people, Obama said he wants to examine how the agency operates. "I think that the FDA ... More >>
Put that booty down. City health officials are investigating an outbreak of salmonella wandsworth poisoning associated with the Veggie Booty puffed grain snack. There are eight confirmed cases in the New York City area, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said today. The makers of Veggie ... More >>
Things haven't looked good for women's reproductive rights these days. Not with the abortion ban in South Dakota. Not with the pro-life pharmacy movement nationwide. About the only momentum in favor of choice is a lawsuit pending against the Food and Drug Administration over the morning-after pill, ... More >>
The Bush administration is set to keep emergency contraception out of reach
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