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FDA Finds Some Dark Chocolate Products Contain Milk, Despite Their Labels

‘Tis the season for showing you remembered to buy something for your loved one, but if the object of your affection is lactose-intolerant, you might want to think twice before splashing out on a deluxe dark chocolate Valentine’s Day gift. [More]

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California Apple Plant Issues Recall After Tests Find Link To Deadly Listeria Contamination

Federal investigators have confirmed a connection between a California apple processing plant and a strain of listeria bacteria responsible for killing seven people and sickening more than 30 others, prompting the producer to recall an undetermined number of Gala and Granny Smith Apples from retailers. [More]

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Third Candy Apple Maker Recalls Treats For Possible Listeria Contamination

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned consumers to avoid some caramel apples after at least 30 people in 10 states have been infected with Listeriosis due to Listeria monocytogenes. This week a third candy maker is recalling caramel apples, the government said, out of concern that its apples may be tainted with Listeria as well. [More]

Several Brands Of Baby Wipes Recalled For Possible Bacterial Contamination

Several Brands Of Baby Wipes Recalled For Possible Bacterial Contamination

Consumers use baby wipes for any number of reasons, but they all revolve around the same purpose: cleansing. While the wipes manufactured by a Pennsylvania company will probably remove that smudge of chocolate from your child’s cheek, it might also leave behind bacteria. [More]

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FDA Going After Companies Offering Unapproved Ebola Medications

While the country is watching the news of every new Ebola case very closely, the federal government doesn’t want the worrying to get so out of hand that people start looking for medications to prevent or treat Ebola. Since there are currently none approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the government is already cracking down on a handful of companies promising to provide relief from Ebola. [More]

The Pumpkin Seed Pesto sold at Williams-Sonoma has been recalled for possible botulism contamination. Don't worry other pumpkin products aren't affected.

Say It Isn’t So: Williams-Sonoma’s Pumpkin Seed Pesto Recalled Because Botulism Isn’t Fall Flavored

In the fall months it seems like every other product contains some kind of pumpkin flavoring: Greek yogurt, coffee drinks, egg nog, and now botulism. Fine, botulism probably doesn’t have a flavor, but the Pumpkin Seed Pesto from Williams-Sonoma may contain the bacteria, which is why it’s being recalled.
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Senators Tell The FDA To Hurry Up Already With Finalizing Those Months-Old E-Cigarette Regulations

Senators Tell The FDA To Hurry Up Already With Finalizing Those Months-Old E-Cigarette Regulations

When the Food and Drug Administration unveiled proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes back in April, it was an announcement five years in the making. Now several months later little has happened, and a group of senators fear that the failure to quickly finalize the rules has led to the perpetration of misleading health warnings created by tobacco companies themselves. [More]

Ground Black Pepper Recalled In All 50 States For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Ground Black Pepper Recalled In All 50 States For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Nothing gives a meal the right kick quite like a little ground black pepper. That is, unless the spice comes with a little salmonella, in which case we want nothing to do with it because it’s being recalled by the case load. [More]

Thousands Of Jars Of Parmesan Cheese Recalled Because No One Wants Salmonella With Their Spaghetti

Thousands Of Jars Of Parmesan Cheese Recalled Because No One Wants Salmonella With Their Spaghetti

If you were thinking of making a batch of spaghetti for dinner, complete with a heaping helping of 4C-branded Parmesan cheese, you might get more than you bargained for – salmonella. [More]

DEA To Change Classification of Some Frequently-Abused Painkillers Like Vicodin

DEA To Change Classification of Some Frequently-Abused Painkillers Like Vicodin

As a country, we sure do like our prescription painkillers. In fact, we like them a bit too much: Americans consume 99% of all hydrocodone drugs manufactured in the world. Prescription drug abuse — and deaths from overdose — are rampant. The DEA is hoping to stem the tide of abuse and overdose with a new rule that changes the way some painkillers are classified, and will make them harder for individuals to get. [More]

FDA Warns Consumers, Tattoo Parlors To Be On The Lookout For Contaminated Ink

FDA Warns Consumers, Tattoo Parlors To Be On The Lookout For Contaminated Ink

Not all tattoo ink is created equal. Some brands come in a variety of colors, and apparently others come with loads of bacteria that can cause painful skin infections. [More]

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New Gluten-Free Labeling Rules Go Into Effect This Week

A year after the Food and Drug Administration laid out the rules for food manufacturers who want to label their products gluten-free, the new labeling requirements will go kick in this week. [More]

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Should Food Companies Tell Consumers How Much Sugar They Add To Products?

Looking at the label of any food product on grocery store shelves and you’ll find the total amount of sugar in that item. But does it matter how much of that sugar is from a food’s raw ingredients, and how much sweetener was added? [More]

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Health Officials Make It Official: Makers Of Infant Formula Must Test For Germs

Back in February, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced an interim rule covering infant formula that would require manufacturers to test for certain contaminants, as well as ensure that the products contain the right amount of nutrients. Today the agency announced that the new policy is set to be finalized. [More]

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With this that and the other thing getting recalled on what feels like a daily basis, maybe you feel like you don’t have the time to stay abreast of what foods aren’t safe to eat. That’s why the Food and Drug Administration has started its very own Flickr account to alert consumers when products are recalled. The more you know, the less you end up clinging to the bathroom floor for dear life in extreme gastrointestinal distress. H/T to The Verge [FDA Recalled Products 2014 on Flickr]

FDA Says Taking Aspirin Daily Won’t Help Patients With No History Of Heart Attacks

FDA Says Taking Aspirin Daily Won’t Help Patients With No History Of Heart Attacks

If you were thinking of popping a few aspirin today in hopes that it might prevent a future heart attack, you might want to reconsider that plan. Consumers without a history of heart attacks or strokes could be putting themselves in greater danger by swallowing the pill the Food and Drug Administration says. [More]

Proposed Regulations On E-Cigarettes Include Health Warning Label, Age Restrictions

Proposed Regulations On E-Cigarettes Include Health Warning Label, Age Restrictions

It only took five years, but the Food and Drug Administration is ready to begin regulating electronic cigarettes. While the new rule covers a lot of ground with the never-before regulated devices, it doesn’t deal with some of critics’ more controversial concerns. [More]

Supreme Court Justices Grill Coca-Cola Over Scarcity Of Pomegranates In Pomegranate Juice

Supreme Court Justices Grill Coca-Cola Over Scarcity Of Pomegranates In Pomegranate Juice

As the top judicial body in the land, the United States Supreme Court has asked some pretty tough questions in its day. But yesterday the justices had a question for Coca-Cola that doesn’t seem like it should be so tricky: Shouldn’t a juice labeled as “pomegranate and blueberry” actually include a fair amount of, um, pomegranates? And blueberries? [More]