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In 'Perplexing' Move, FDA Approves First Muscular Dystrophy Drug

Drug is controversial, not clear how effective it is

(Newser) - Federal regulators on Monday granted tentative approval to the first drug for muscular dystrophy, following an intense public campaign from patients and doctors who pushed for the largely unproven medication, the AP reports. The approval came despite an internal dispute among Food and Drug Administration officials that ultimately had to... More »

FDA Has New Reason You Can't Eat Cookie Dough

It's not the eggs this time, it's the E. coli-tainted flour

(Newser) - The FDA's latest kill-joy for thousands of kids (and their parents) who like to lick the bowl: Don't eat it . And not because of the raw eggs, which can be tied to salmonella poisoning, the Huffington Post notes. This time the culprit is raw flour, which has been... More »

FDA Warns Whole Foods About Filthy Kitchen

Multiple violations found at Mass. facility

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration has sent Whole Foods Market a letter over "serious violations" at a Massachusetts kitchen, warning the grocer that food prepared there "may have been contaminated with filth," the AP reports. The FDA's Public Health Service describes multiple inspections conducted during February... More »

Feds Pressure Food Industry to Cut Down on Salt

FDA unveils first-ever sodium guidelines

(Newser) - The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods ranging from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The guidelines released Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration are voluntary,... More »

Serving Sizes on Snacks Will Soon Be More Realistic

Thanks to makeover for food nutrition labels that's about to be implemented

(Newser) - Nutrition facts labels on food packages are getting a long-awaited makeover, with calories listed in bigger, bolder type and a new line for added sugars, the AP reports. And serving sizes will be updated to make them more realistic (a small bag of chips won't count as two or... More »

That Grated Parm on Your Pasta May Be 9% Wood

Bloomberg tests find some Parmesan cheese contains zero Parmesan

(Newser) - "Your Parmesan cheese products do not contain any Parmesan cheese" is not a letter you want to get from the Food and Drug Administration if you're a company that manufactures Parmesan cheese products. But that's exactly what a 2013 letter from the FDA to Pennsylvania's Castle... More »

US Panel: OK to Make 3-Parent Embryos —Male Ones

But there are still legal roadblocks to controversial process

(Newser) - A US National Academy of Medicine committee said Wednesday the FDA should approve clinical trials for three-parent fertilization in human embryos—with some caveats, Nature reports. In its report , the committee recommended such trials be limited to women at risk of passing along "serious mitochondrial disease" to their kids,... More »

Feds Subpoena Chipotle in Norovirus Outbreak

Looks like that food poisoning in California is leading to all sorts of problems

(Newser) - Sickened customers and employees, bad publicity, and tumbling stock prices were apparently just the beginning of Chipotle's woes. Now the restaurant chain has been slapped with a federal subpoena as part of a criminal investigation into a food poisoning outbreak in August, the AP reports. The subpoena received in... More »

Scandal Is Over: Eggless Mayo Can Call Itself Mayo

FDA, Just Mayo come to an agreement

(Newser) - Just Mayo says it will get to keep its name, a decision that caps a rollercoaster year for the vegan spread that has rattled the egg industry. After months of discussions, Just Mayo's maker Hampton Creek says it worked out an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration that... More »

FDA Draws Blood in Reports on Revolutionary Biotech Firm

Startup Theranos used unapproved device, didn't field complaints: FDA

(Newser) - One year ago, Elizabeth Holmes was the golden child of the biotech world: The college dropout's company, Theranos, had developed a seemingly revolutionary way to draw blood (just one finger prick), and Holmes was named the youngest female billionaire in the US at age 30. News out of the... More »

FDA Bans Sales of 4 Brands of Cigarettes

They don't meet safety review requirements

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration is ordering a ban on sales of four cigarette brands from RJ Reynolds because they do not meet the agency's safety review requirements. Under FDA rules, companies that launch new cigarettes must show that the products are essentially the same as older products in... More »

FDA Lays Down the Law on Mayonnaise

Agency says Hampton Creek brand has to contain eggs to be considered mayonnaise

(Newser) - Unilever, maker of Hellmann's mayonnaise, has been fighting for some time against a "fraudulent" brand it says is encroaching on its own sales. Unilever dropped the suit in December , but the FDA has given the company a sort of win all the same. The agency has declared that... More »

Even a Little Non-Aspirin Painkiller Could Be Bad News

Risk of heart attack, stroke from NSAIDs higher than thought, even in small amounts

(Newser) - The FDA advised back in 2005 that non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs , could up the risk of heart attack and stroke. But the agency is now boosting that warning, noting that drugs like ibuprofen (often sold under the Motrin IB brand), naproxen (Aleve), and celecoxib (Celebrex) may pose a... More »

FDA: Dump 'Heart Attack' Trans Fats in 3 Years

Obama gives food companies 3 years to phase out artificial trans fats

(Newser) - The Obama administration is cracking down on artificial trans fats, calling them a threat to public health. The FDA said today it will require food companies to phase out the use of artificial trans fats almost entirely. Consumers aren't likely to notice much of a difference, but the administration... More »

FDA OKs Shot to Zap Your Double Chin

Kybella injections said to be noninvasive, can be performed in 5 minutes

(Newser) - About 70% of participants in a 2014 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery about cosmetic procedures pointed fingers at chin and neck fat as a "top concern," per the Washington Post . But a drug just approved by the FDA looks to banish double chins, ABC News... More »

FDA Lifting Lifetime Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

But there will still be restrictions

(Newser) - The FDA announced today that it will lift its lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, the Los Angeles Times reports. Instead, men who have had sex with men will be allowed to donate blood one year after last having sexual contact with another man, the FDA... More »

Surgeon General: Quit Tanning Now

Country's top doctor says skin cancer is 'major public health problem'

(Newser) - Your doctor, your mom, and your shade-obsessed friends have probably all told you already about the dangers of suntanning—and now the surgeon general is jumping on the anti-bronzing bandwagon for the first time. Boris Lushniak today called skin cancer a “major public health problem,” and pointed a... More »

Illegal Smallpox Turns Up in Maryland Lab

It may have been there since the 1950s

(Newser) - Smallpox is a terrifying pathogen that by international agreement can be studied only at two labs in the world, one in the US and one in Russia. So it's just a wee bit disconcerting that another lab in Maryland just realized it's had some lying around, apparently for... More »

FDA's Murky Ruling Could Be Stinky News for Cheese

FDA decision could mean trouble for 65% of cheesemakers

(Newser) - Bad news, cheese lovers: The delicious snack's future is uncertain after a recent FDA decision. The FDA clarified last week that wooden racks, used by many cheesemakers to age their product, "cannot be adequately cleaned and sanitized." That means cheesemakers who have been using such racks for... More »

FDA's Next Frontier: Hummus?

Hummus maker Sabra wants some standards, people

(Newser) - Sure, any idiot can throw chickpeas, tahini, and some other deliciousness in a food processor and call it "hummus." But Sabra, which Yahoo notes is owner of 65% of the burgeoning American market for hummus, wants the FDA to make sure that manufacturers are putting actual chickpeas and... More »

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