food and drug administration

Charles Williams

Diabetes Drug Invokana Must Warn Patients About Increased Risk Of Foot, Leg Amputation

A new class of diabetes medicines is heavily advertised on TV and shows great promise in getting patients’ blood sugar levels down, but a safety announcement from the Food and Drug Administration warns that one of the drugs, Johnson & Johnson’s Invokana, doubles those patients’ chance of needing parts of their legs or feet amputated. [More]

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Some Restaurant Chains Putting Calorie Counts On Menus, Even Though They Don’t Have To

Even though the Food and Drug Administration has once again decided to delay enforcement of a new rule requiring restaurant chains and others to include calorie information on their menus, some companies have decided to just go ahead with displaying this information. [More]

Mike Mozart

FDA Quietly Delays Stricter Rules On E-Cigarettes, Cigars

The Food and Drug Administration has handed a temporary victory to e-cigarette and cigar companies, quietly deciding to delay enforcement on some recently finalized rules that impose stricter oversight on these tobacco and nicotine products[More]

jackie alpers

FDA Delays Rule Requiring Calorie Count On Menus Yet Again

Three years after the Food and Drug Administration finalized a new rule requiring calorie counts on the menus of many restaurants, the agency has decided to delay the implementation of that rule for the third time — giving chain eateries, vending machine owners, and others extra time to comply. [More]

FDA Warns 14 Companies For Selling Unproven Cancer ‘Cures’

FDA Warns 14 Companies For Selling Unproven Cancer ‘Cures’

Treating cancer can be a painful, drawn-out process, and there’s no guarantee of a cure. Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill that can get rid of cancer, or prevent it from occurring in the first place. That hasn’t stopped a number of companies from making unproven promises about products they claim will remedy everything from AIDS to diabetes.
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Senators Urge FDA To Ban Possible Carcinogen Found In Shampoo, Lotion

You might not be familiar with “1,4-Dioxane” but it’s a chemical component commonly used in everyday products, such as shampoos, lotions, and cosmetics. It may also cause cancer, which is why a pair of U.S. Senators are urging the Food & Drug Administration to begin the process of eliminating this chemical from consumer products. [More]

Trader Joe’s Applesauce Recalled Because Apples Don’t Contain Glass

Trader Joe’s Applesauce Recalled Because Apples Don’t Contain Glass

There are number of things you can put in applesauce to give it a bit of a kick: cinnamon, brown sugar, but definitely not glass. Yet, Trader Joe’s is recalling its applesauce over concerns it might contain that dangerous, unwanted ingredient.
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Steven Depolo

Legislation Would Give FDA Mandatory Authority To Recall Drugs

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed that it had found varying and elevated levels of a potentially deadly toxin in teething tablets sold under the Hyland’s brand. Despite the dangers posed by the tablets, the FDA couldn’t order a recall of the products — and the manufacturer refused to. But that could change in the future, as recently introduced legislation would give the agency the authority to order mandatory recalls of drugs and homeopathic products.  [More]

Guggisberg Cheeses Join Listeria Contamination Recall List

Guggisberg Cheeses Join Listeria Contamination Recall List

Yet another brand of cheese has fallen victim to an ongoing listeria contamination: Guggisberg Cheese has recalled a dozen types of Colby type cheese products.  [More]

Karen Chappell

A Supplement Company Sued Over Research It Didn’t Like… And Lost

Unlike FDA-approved medications, makers of dietary supplements are not required to demonstrate that their products are safe or effective. That shouldn’t stop independent researchers from doing their own tests to find out if a product works or is dangerous, but when one Harvard professor tried to do just that, supplement makers tried to shut him up.. [More]

Kai Brinker

Restaurants Sorting Out Weird Calorie Issues Before Menu Rules Go Into Effect

When your salad comes with dressing and croutons, should a menu board calorie count include those toppings? Does a restaurant have to calculate and post the calories in a seasonal item like an eggnog latte? Restaurants and vending machine operators only have a few months to figure this out before the Food and Drug Administration’s calorie-count requirement becomes mandatory. [More]

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FDA Recommends Limiting Lead In Lipstick & Other Cosmetic Products

Though no one really wants to hear they are putting lead into or on their bodies, the fact is that many cosmetics contain low levels of lead. While the amount of lead in your lipstick might be too low to do any harm, the Food and Drug Administration is still taking steps to further limit the amount of the chemical found in such products. [More]

Mike Mozart

Senator: Regulators Should Investigate E-Cigarette Explosions, Issue Recalls

Despite their popularity, e-cigarettes are a “ticking time bomb” that should be more closely investigated by federal regulators and recalled if necessary, according to New York Senator Chuck Schumer.  [More]

Chaz Dean

Judge Gives Initial Approval To $26M Settlement For Claims That WEN Products Caused Hair Loss

In July, we heard that the Food and Drug Administration was investigating reports of hair loss, balding, itching, and rash associated with using celebrity stylist Chaz Dean’s hair care products, sold by a company called WEN. Now, a federal judge in Los Angeles has given preliminary approval to a $25 million settlement that resulted from a class-action lawsuit more than 200 customers filed against the company. [More]

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Nutella’s Makers Want To Convince FDA That Chocolate Spread Isn’t Just For Dessert

When you think of sweet, hazelnut chocolate spread, are you imagining eating it for breakfast or for dessert? If you’re in the latter camp, you agree with the current stance of federal regulators. The makers of Nutella are now trying to make the case, however, that the spread should be considered more of a breakfast item. [More]

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Good Earth Egg Products Recalled After Spate Of Salmonella Illnesses

Missouri-based Good Earth Egg Company has issued a recall for a variety of egg products that health officials have connected to an outbreak of salmonella in three states.
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Kellogg’s Recalls Some Eggo Waffles Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Kellogg’s Recalls Some Eggo Waffles Over Possible Listeria Contamination

If you’ve yet to sit down at the table for a morning meal, you might want to make sure it doesn’t include a certain kind of Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles. After all, listeria is neither tasty, nor safe to consume.  [More]

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FDA Warns Dozens Of Retailers Caught Selling E-Cigs, Liquid Nicotine To Minors

The Food and Drug Administration recently finalized rules making it clear that e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine are, just like traditional cigarettes, not to be sold to people under the age of 18. Now the FDA is putting dozens of retailers on notice that they were caught allegedly selling these products to minors. [More]