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FDA weighing whether babies should be created from three biological parents

Federal regulators will consider whether to allow babies to be born from three genetic parents. Scientists have already successfully created human and monkey embryos using DNA material from three individuals but are eager to launch human critical trials, reported Scientific American. But first they need approval from the U.S. Food…

FDA inquires about weight-gainer Zilmax in cattle feed after industry blowback

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it was working with drugmaker Merck & Co and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to gather information on the cattle feed additive Zilmax and determine if it is unsafe. The FDA, in an email response to a Reuters…

Study finds food companies have ‘undue influence’ over vouching for safety of additives

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – U.S. food companies have “undue influence” in vouching for the safety of common additives such as salt, trans fats and artificial sweeteners, according to an analysis released on Wednesday that calls for better oversight of the additive process, which is currently…

FDA: ‘Gluten-free’ foods now must legally have less than .002 percent gluten

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Labels declaring foods to be “gluten-free” will need to meet new standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The standards, announced on Friday, are designed to protect patients with celiac disease, an inflammatory condition of the intestine that is triggered by gluten,…

FDA finally releasees draft of improved food import safety rules

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – Long-awaited rules aimed at improving the safety of foods imported to the United States were proposed by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday. The first-ever draft rules for safety oversight of imported food are part of a larger mandated food safety regulatory overhaul underway…

Lion burgers are the hot new fad in U.S. restaurants

By Emma Bryce, The Guardian Lion burgers sold in America are nothing more than a gimmick, but there’s no telling how the fad might impact wild cats In America over the past few months, a battle has been raging over big cat burgers. Lion meat, sourced from captive-raised populations in the…

FDA halts U.S. poop transplants pending further review

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered clinicians to stop transplanting healthy fecal matter from one patient to another until the agency has had a chance to review and test the procedure. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the therapy is used to fight the antibiotic-resistant bug Clostridium difficile, or C.…

FDA approves morning-after pill for girls 15 and older without a prescription

The morning-after pill is to be made available over the counter to anyone in the US aged 15 and over, authorities announced on Tuesday. Days before a court-imposed deadline, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lowered the age limit for Plan B and said it that a prescription would no…

Judge orders FDA to move on food safety overhaul

On Monday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop delaying the implementation of a sweeping set of food safety measures passed more than two years ago. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the Northern District of California…

FDA secretly retests 100 different drugs after testing company admits its work was all fraudulent

On the morning of May 3, 2010, three agents of the Food and Drug Administration descended upon the Houston office of Cetero Research, a firm that conducted research for drug companies worldwide. Lead agent Patrick Stone, now retired from the FDA, had visited the Houston lab many times over the…

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