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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…

Regulators will use handheld scanners to combat fake malaria drugs

US regulators announced a plan Wednesday to test a handheld device that can scan drugs and report within seconds whether they are real or fake, in a bid to help the fight against malaria. Counterfeit and substandard malaria drugs are a key concern in many parts of the world where…

FDA panel pushing for new limits on access to Vicodin

Citing concern over increasing reports of addiction and overdoses, a Food and Drug Administration safety panel has recommended new restrictions on access to the commonly-used painkiller Vicodin and other products. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that the panel voted 19-10 to suggest that Vicodin and other products containing…

Starbucks isn’t alone: 10 examples of bugs in supposedly vegan food

Vegan and vegetarian Starbucks aficionados are aghast at recent revelations that the company replaced an artificial dye in its Strawberry Frappucino with cochineal extract. The dye, an approved food additive, is made from the crushed shells of cochineal beetles, which vegans and many vegetarians eschew as part of their dietary…

Appeals court upholds graphic cigarette warning labels

The U.S. government’s efforts to place shockingly graphic warning labels on tobacco products was given a boost by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Kentucky on Monday, which found that the labels are constitutional because they do not restrict tobacco companies’ free speech. The court’s ruling came after the…

U.S. health authorities warn against ‘inhalable caffeine’

US health authorities on Tuesday issued a warning to the maker of a new inhalable caffeine product sold in the United States and France, citing mislabeling and safety concerns. “The Food and Drug Administration reviewed your website at www.aeroshots.com in February 2012 and has determined that the product AeroShot is…

FDA doctors, scientists claim illegal surveillance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Food and Drug Administration secretly monitored the private emails of staff doctors and scientists who alleged the agency was approving medical devices that posed a danger to patients, according to federal court documents. In a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Washington, six…

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