Topic: fda

FDA To Hershey’s: Your Chocolate Syrup Bottle Is Full Of Lies

FDA To Hershey's: Your Chocolate Syrup Bottle Is Full Of Lies

Today in junk food products that try to disguise themselves as healthy: Hershey’s chocolate syrup. In February, the FDA sent a warning letter to the CEO and President of Hershey Co., John P. Bilbrey. The letter advised Mr. Bilbrey that the front-of-package labeling of some of his company’s chocolate syrup products were guilty of making false health claims. That letter was made public today, and shows that Hershey’s, just like a lot of companies, has been relying on misleading statements to convince consumers that their product was “better.” More »

FDA Finally Approves HIV Prevention Drug, Truvada

FDA Finally Approves HIV Prevention Drug, Truvada

The FDA has finally approved a new drug that prevents HIV infection. The medicine, Truvada, is a daily pill expected to be taken by people at a high-risk of becoming infected with HIV (gay and bisexual men usually, but the drug has been approved for all HIV-negative people). This is awesome news for public health here in America, especially considering the increasingly- cavalier attitudes towards HIV of lots of American young people. More »

Why Women Should Have To Pay For Sperm Donation

Why Women Should Have To Pay For Sperm Donation

If you aren’t willing or able to get knocked up the old-fashioned way, getting pregnant can be seriously expensive. As someone who struggles with infertility, I am acutely aware of that fact. Here in the US, the average adoption costs between $25,000 and $35,000. A single round of in vitro fertilization is about $12,000. Basically, if you’re looking for help building your family, you better have quite a healthy bank account at your disposal.

However, one woman is fighting against a specific cost in the fertility process. A San Francisco-area woman is suing over the regulations and costs of sperm donation. She says that they present a costly and burdensome barrier between same-sex or single women who want to get pregnant. I say, they keep us safe. More »

FDA Approves Belviq Weight Loss Drug, Putting Business Over Health Yet Again In Obesity War

FDA Approves Belviq Weight Loss Drug, Putting Business Over Health Yet Again In Obesity War

The FDA just approved Belviq, the first weight loss drug to get their green light in 13 years. The agency claims that its safety standards were set high (because of weight loss drugs’ sketchy history), but it’s hard to shake the feeling that their approval was made in the best interest of public health. In the war on obesity, the FDA just helped business score big time, but it’s hard to believe that consumers will benefit nearly so much. More »

What Is ‘Clean Beauty,’ Anyway?

What Is 'Clean Beauty,' Anyway?

Like our diets, beauty products have become a huge market opportunity for companies who want to cash in on consumers’ health concerns—so is it any surprise that they’ve also become just as confusing? In the past decade, there’s been a boom in the production of “natural,” “organic,” and even “raw” beauty products, all claiming to improve your health—if only superficially. But very few of us can figure out what’s safe (let alone desirable) to smear on our faces, paint on our nails, and rub into our bodies’ largest organ: skin. What’s emerged as a moniker for smart beauty consumption is “clean beauty“—a term that we think could still use some explaining. More »

The Real Reason Farm Animals Consume Antibiotics–And What The FDA Is Trying To Do About It

The Real Reason Farm Animals Consume Antibiotics--And What The FDA Is Trying To Do About It

Good news: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that they are calling on our nation’s pork, beef, and poultry farmers to reduce the use of antibiotics in these animals. Bad news: Some watchdog groups say this recommendation doesn’t go far enough. And worse yet: The real reason these animals are fed antibiotics is not what most people think. More »

Coca-Cola And Pepsi, Fearful Of Being Labeled As Carcinogenic, Are Making Changes

Coca-Cola And Pepsi, Fearful Of Being Labeled As Carcinogenic, Are Making Changes

Coca-Cola keeps their top-secret recipe close to the vest, never sharing their exact ingredients or measurements. But at least one of their ingredients is being ousted from the company’s shadowy cupboard–the caramel coloring ingredient, known as 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI. Also found in Pepsi‘s original cola, Dr. Pepper, and a Whole Foods version, the ingredient, according to a consumer watchdog group, may cause cancer. More »

FDA Might Ban BPA; Campbell’s Already Plans To Ditch It In Soup Cans

FDA Might Ban BPA; Campbell's Already Plans To Ditch It In Soup Cans

French lawmakers banned Bisphenol-A (BPA) from all food packaging in February, and now the FDA is planning to rule on the same decision for the U.S. by March 31. But whatever they decide, some companies are getting a head start on ditching the toxin altogether, with Campbell’s playing the unlikely leader at the helm. Even if you don’t chow on chicken noodle soup, Campbell’s decision is great news: If big companies like Campbell’s are finally giving way to consumer demand for safer products, there’s hope that more companies will make decisions that put consumers’ health first. More »

FDA Panel Approves Qnexa: Yet Another Dangerous Weight-Loss Drug

FDA Panel Approves Qnexa: Yet Another Dangerous Weight-Loss Drug

In a highly-questionable move, an FDA panel voted yesterday to recommend approval of Qnexa–a weight-loss drug with some pretty serious side-effects and risks. It’s yet another pill for our pill-popping society who is always looking for a quick and easy fix when it comes weight loss–even if it means risking their health for it. Plus, this one can easily set someone up for failure. More »

The Brazilian Not-Superfruit: FDA Finds Cancer-Causing Pesticide In Orange Juice Imports

The Brazilian Not-Superfruit: FDA Finds Cancer-Causing Pesticide In Orange Juice Imports

Brazilian orange juice sounds like something that Whole Foods could sell for $8 an ounce, but it’s actually just pesticide-laden OJ—or at least that’s the worry of the FDA. They’ve halted all orange juice imports (from Brazil and elsewhere) and is testing them for carpendazim, a prohibited fungicide that was found in orange juice from Brazil last month. It promises to destroy or halt the import of any products that contain the pesticide, which causes liver tumors in animals. More »

Poll: Which Is More Important, Personal Freedom Or Food Safety?

Poll: Which Is More Important, Personal Freedom Or Food Safety?

Yesterday, I wrote about GOP-hopeful Ron Paul‘s call for less government control over raw and unpasteurized milk and milk products. And apparently, people had something to say about it. We received more comments on any article in a long time–but few of the commenters seemed focused on the actual health risks of commercially-produced raw milk products…or on food safety issues at all. Instead, many voiced their concerns and disdain for regulation and government intervention when it comes to food. More »

4 Important Lessons That 2011′s Biggest Food Safety Scares Taught Us

4 Important Lessons That 2011's Biggest Food Safety Scares Taught Us

While reflecting back on 2011′s many food safety scares, listeria in cantaloups probably leaps to the top of your list, followed closely by ground turkey. Which is fair–massive recalls of whole and cut cantaloups and Cargill’s ground turkey were huge, scary headlines. But being afraid of food isn’t going to help folks stay healthy in 2012. Instead, we have to learn from these events. So what did we learn? That what we already knew, but may have a hard time putting into practice, still holds true: industrially-produced meat and produce spread disease more quickly and can be less safe, and canned and processed items aren’t just less nutritionally sound fresh, whole food (when fresh, whole food isn’t teaming with bacteria); they’re also more likely to be tainted by food-borne illness or unlabeled allergens. More »