Food and Drug Administration

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Chobani Quietly Recalls Its Yogurt Under the FDA's Nose [UPDATE]

    Update: Chobani identified the mold as M. circinelloides, which food scientist Randy Worobo says should not pose a health risk to most consumers. Original item, September 5: Some alarming news for fans of highly proteinaceous yogurt: This morning Upstate New York-based yogurt maker Chobani issued ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    The 8 Most Ridiculous Products Marketed For Men

    Did you know there was once a time when products were just products? Of course, now products are powerful things that decide your gender for you. Why else would companies spend so much of their time making "Men's" versions of even their most basic items? For the chance to sell twice as many of them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    5 Ways to Have the Flu in New York City

    The only way you haven't heard about the flu outbreak is if you are still indoors fighting last year's flu. It's here, it's disgusting, and it's a big fan of the film Contagion. While a new flu vaccine called "Flublok" was just approved today an FDA spokesperson told the NYTimes that the timing of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    White House Announces Obama Will Skip International AIDS Conference Same Day FDA Approves Historic HIV Prevention Drug

    Lots of big news from the White House yesterday about HIV/AIDS. In the morning, the White House blasted out a press release with some historic news from the Food and Drug Administration: the FDA had approved Truvada, "the first drug -- to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Pulque a Big Hit With Mexican Hipsters; Congress Makes Cuts to Food Safety Program

    ​Young Mexico City hipsters are reviving an old Aztec drink called pulque, made by fermenting the heart of the blue maguey plant. [Washington Post] Produce can be certified organic by the USDA even if it's sprayed with pesticides, as long as the chemicals are derived from nature. [NPR] Small ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Papa John's Big Super Bowl Pizza Giveaway; Taco Bell Counter Sues Over Fake Meat Claim

    ​Papa John's is offering a free pizza to everyone in America if the Super Bowl goes into overtime. But there's a catch: You have to register for the chain's customer loyalty program, "Papa Points," before 11:59 p.m. ET on February 5. [USA Today] The Flying Pig food truck in L.A. is now suing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    100 People Get Staph Infections from Gingerbread; Fast-Food Chains Try to Top the Double Down

    ​At least 100 people have contracted staph food poisoning from eating tainted gingerbread houses sold at Whole Foods, according to the FDA. [TopNews] After finding traces of cooked food on the fossilized teeth of Neanderthals, scientists now believe the Ice Age diet included cooked plants and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Senate Finally Passes Food Safety Bill​ Following delays of more than a year, and recalls of everything from eggs to gorgonzola cheese to cilantro, the Senate has finally passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, a bill that will, if passed by the House, fundamentally alter the government's role in ensuring the saf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    David Burke to Open New Resto in the James; Brad Farmerie Gives Turkey Tips

    ​The Senate has voted to consider a bill that would give greater power to the FDA to deal with food safety issues. [NY Times] Alec Baldwin is shilling for Wegmans in a couple new ads. Apparently, his mother really is a fan of the supermarket chain. [Democrat & Chronicle] David Burke has con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Calorie Posting Laws Like New York's to Expand Country-Wide

    ​Thanks to President Obama's health care reform bill, calorie-posting laws similar to the ones we already have in New York will soon expand nationally: Chain restaurants and vending machines will be required to post calories in a "clear and conspicuous manner." The rules apply to any chain wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Are Doctors Testing a Drug to Prevent Lesbianism?

    ​A Time magazine article came out earlier this month discussing a steroid called dexamethasone, which Maria New, a pediatric endocrinologist and researcher at Mount Sinai Medical Center -- and one of the world's foremost experts in congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or CAH -- has advised pregnant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Froot Loops Recalled; Kids Say Food in Shrek Packaging Tastes Better

    ​Kellogg's has voluntarily recalled millions of boxes of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops, and Honey Smacks breakfast cereals following reports of "an uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell" from the box liners. [Reuters] A number of New Yorkers have started ordering their bagels with the i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Booze News: Introducing Wine in Plastic; Beware Coffee in Booze

    ​Awatere Valley, N.Z. winemaker Peter Yealands bottles his wine in plastic bottles, which he's sure will become the convention, just as Coca-Cola went from glass to plastic. He's not the first to sell wine in plastic -- Wolf Blass in Australia does it, as do British supermarket chains Tesco an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    FDA Questions How Smart 'Smart Choices' Is; Matchboxes Make a Comeback

    ​Salman Rushdie is, allegedly, still obsessed with ex-wife, Padma Lakshmi, according to his ex-girlfriend, actress Pia Glenn. She said he could talk about the Top Chef host "day and night." [NY Post] Mill Basin Kosher Deli is celebrating its 36th year in business with discounts through the en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Flavored Tobacco Ban, Stronger Than FDA's, Gets Council Vote Today

    The city council is going to vote today on a bill that will ban all kinds of flavored tobacco products in the city -- with a big exception made for the biggest category of flavored tobacco, menthol and wintergreen cigarettes. It's the latest in a round of bad news for smokers, who are already bann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Airlines Turn to 'Haute' Cuisine; Ben & Jerry's Celebrates Gay Marriage With 'Hubby Hubby'

    ​The remnants of a frog or toad were found in a Diet Pepsi can, according to the FDA. A Florida couple discovered a disintegrated blob at the bottom of the can when one of them gagged on it. [CNN] Airlines are revamping their on-board meal offerings, following years of cutbacks on free meals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Death of the Kool? Senate Passes Tobacco Control "Family" Bill

    The U.S. Senate just passed a bill to give the Food and Drug Administration regulatory power over tobacco products marketed in the U.S. Among the innovations expected when this bill is reconciled with the House version and signed by President Obama is larger warning labels on cigarette packs (of the ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 27, 2009


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    April 27, 2009

    More Food Recalls--Watch Out for Frozen Pasta and Alfalfa Sprouts

    Another food product recall has been announced. Frozen meat and poultry pasta from Mucci's Food Products were prepared without federal inspection and sold in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. No illnesses have been reported. [AP via Google] Meanwhile, the FDA is n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Crack For Cows in Kansas

    The artificial growth hormone rBST is sometimes referred to as "crack for cows" because it kicks the bovines into overdrive, making them produce 10-25% more milk than they would otherwise--leading to more profit per cow. Aside from any animal welfare implications (reportedly, cows injected with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Many Young Veggies are Anorexic

    A study conducted in Minnesota suggests that many young people who claim to be vegetarians actually suffer from eating disorders. Researchers advise parents to talk to their teens about vegetarianism. [LA Times] Ben & Jerry of ice cream fame have launched a food-tracking campaign. Since the FDA ok' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Canadian School Bans The Bottle

    Food safety advocacy groups are urging President Obama to appoint a senior food safety official within the FDA, and are pushing for a new agency devoted solely to food safety to eventually be created. [Reuters] A study conducted by Columbia and the University of California has shown that high schoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Food Bloggers Rock SXSW

    Now that everyone and his mother has a food blog, it comes as little surprise that the talk of the SXSW Interactive Festival this year was food. SXSWi hosted its first ever panel on the secrets of successful food blogging, featuring speakers from Cupcakes Take the Cake and Midtown Lunch. [Gourmet] ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    Federal Judge: Give Plan B to 17-Year-Olds

    Good news, youngsters. A judge in Brooklyn has ruled that if a 17-year-old girl thinks she may be knocked up, she should have Plan B, the so-called morning after pill, without going through the hassle of obtaining a prescription. Federal Judge Edward Korman gave the FDA 30 days to revise its regs so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    "21" Club Stealing Tips?

    More than 30 employees of the "21" Club filed a class action suit against their employer on Tuesday, claiming that the restaurant has been illegally withholding their tips. The amount in question could be more than $1 million. [NY Times] Kellogg CEO, David Mackay, calls for an overhaul of the coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    'This Is Why You're Fat' Looking for Book Deal

    A lit agent is shopping around a book proposal for an offline version of the popular website This Is Why You're Fat.[Eat Me Daily]McDonald's President and COO Ralph Alvarez says it's a misnomer that the company is doing well because of the economic downturn; McD's is preparing for a challenging year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Health Commissioner Going After Salt

    The city's health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden, is now waging a war against salt. After that, puppies. [NY Times]A Newcastle University study finds that cows that are given names and treated with a "personal touch' produce more milk. No word yet on girlfriends. [The Guardian]As the recession lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Top Chefs Get Down With Beer

    Top chefs from Daniel Boulud to Thomas Keller are deigning to add beer to their menus as their customers look to spend a bit less.[Crain's]Minneapolis and St. Paul are the latest American cities to consider banning trans fats and requiring restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus.[Star Trib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Giuliani "Advises" Pillmaker Banned by FDA, Opposes Needle Program

    The FDA has issued an Import Alert on Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories, charging that two of Ranbaxy's plants were found by FDA inspectors to have "inadequate aseptic (sterile) processing operations" and other shortfalls. Several Ranxbury generics can't be sold in the U.S. till this clears up. ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008
  • News

    September 11, 2007

    Shock and Awe

    The stunning comeback of electroshock and other harrowing treatments for the mentally ill

  • Books

    January 30, 2007

    Meat Puppets

    Eat your greens: chewing over the history and politics of vegetarianism

  • People

    October 11, 2005

    Is He Spongeworthy?

    The return of a popular contraceptive

  • News

    September 6, 2005

    The Stalling of Plan B Forces Personal Plan C

    Talking with Susan Wood, so formerly of the FDA

  • News

    July 5, 2005

    Hillary's Plan B

    Clinton calls Bush's bluff on science, women's rights, and the morning-after pill

  • News

    January 11, 2005

    The Crowning of Bush

    The lavish inaugural will cost you a lot—as if it's any of your business

  • News

    January 11, 2005
  • News

    May 4, 2004

    NyQuil, Yes. Morning-After Pill, No.

    Bush welcomes next wave of teen mothers

  • News

    February 10, 2004

    A Crime of Compassion

    Activists Break the Law in Support of the Morning-After Pill

  • Music

    May 28, 2002
  • News

    November 27, 2001

    Risky Chickens

    Bayer Refuses to Withdraw Animal Antibiotic That Causes Drug Resistance in Humans

  • News

    March 13, 2001

    Magnets Unplugged

    Is the force field for real?

  • News

    October 3, 2000

    Abortion's New Choice

    Doctors Question the Limits on RU-486

  • News

    August 29, 2000

    RU Pissed Off Yet?

    After 10 Long Years, American Women May Finally Get the Abortion Pill—With Restrictions that Could Obliterate All It Has to Offer

  • News

    June 6, 2000
  • News

    April 4, 2000

    An Unscientific Method?

    Activists and Legislators Urge Safeguards for Human Subjects in Experiments

  • News

    November 16, 1999
  • News

    May 18, 1999

    Shape Shifter

    How a Butt-Boosting Silicone Injector Got Busted

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