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We can’t say we weren’t warned – but do we care?
Thursday, 27 Jan, 2011 – 16:59 | Comments Off
We can’t say we weren’t warned – but do we care?

There are two types of warning labels in this world:

The types that tell us that what we’re about to do or consume will shorten our lives, harm our health or turn us into crazed killers. …

No, the government can’t limit your salt. But you should
Tuesday, 27 Apr, 2010 – 21:52 | Comments Off
No, the government can’t limit your salt. But you should

Calm down, folks. Uncle Sam isn’t going to bang in your door and confiscate your salt shaker. Though it’s really not a bad idea.
According to a very poorly phrased Rasmussen poll, 55 percent of the …

Time to take the Singulair question to a doctor
Sunday, 14 Jun, 2009 – 10:00 | 4 Comments
Time to take the Singulair question to a doctor

I partially bought the drug-company spin on Singulair in January largely because I wanted to:
The Food and Drug Administration found no link between the popular asthma drug and increased suicide risk, which led manufacturer Merck …

Signs of a sane approach to kids’ cold medicine
Friday, 5 Jun, 2009 – 19:55 | Comments Off
Signs of a sane approach to kids’ cold medicine

After two winters of tumult as the Food and Drug Administration danced the children’s cold-medicine hokey-pokey, finally there’s a report with a conclusion other than recall it all.
Researchers in Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin …

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone about the salmonella
Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 – 22:09 | Comments Off
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone about the salmonella

Setton Pistachio’s stupid manufacturing trick isn’t quite in the league of Peanut Corporation of America, which knew its products were tainted with salmonella but shipped them anyway.
At least Setton reroasted pistachios that tested positive for …

Isn’t it about time for food safety reform?
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 10:11 | Comments Off

More than 100 years after Franklin Roosevelt pushed new food safety laws, virtually everyone agrees it isn’t working.
When Kraft supports giving the Food and Drug Administration recall powers, something is amiss.
When the president creates a …

Can’t get a peer to review? Just make it up
Monday, 4 May, 2009 – 0:44 | Comments Off
Can’t get a peer to review? Just make it up

If you’re going to pull a fast one, make it a whopper.
I’m not talking about the type of stunt I tried in eighth grade, when instead of merely making up a book report on something …

It’s official: No one knows where food comes from
Sunday, 29 Mar, 2009 – 0:15 | 2 Comments
It’s official: No one knows where food comes from

Befuddled by exactly where that yogurt you’re about to eat came from?
You’re in good company. According to a report released Friday, even federal inspectors with access to an array of government and industry records were …

Don’t assume bigger equals safer when it comes to food labels
Tuesday, 17 Mar, 2009 – 23:57 | 3 Comments
Don’t assume bigger equals safer when it comes to food labels

Talk about good evidence but the wrong assumption.
New test results presented this week at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting showed that 2 percent of foods without any type of allergy …

If the FDA can’t do better than mass confusion, put someone else in charge
Saturday, 14 Mar, 2009 – 9:20 | Comments Off
If the FDA can’t do better than mass confusion, put someone else in charge

Food and Drug Administration left hand, meet the Food and Drug Administration right hand. You two need to talk.
Right hand says we’ll look at banning children’s cold medicine because some parents misuse it. The reason: …

If the salmonella doesn’t make you sick, Peanut Corporation of America will
Thursday, 29 Jan, 2009 – 0:09 | One Comment
If the salmonella doesn’t make you sick, Peanut Corporation of America will

So much to be outraged over in the peanut-butter recall, so little time.
So let’s just hit the high spots, first with the Cliff’s Notes of what can be considered nothing less than a massive systemic …

3-plus years of silence a new low for even the FDA
Wednesday, 28 Jan, 2009 – 0:59 | Comments Off
3-plus years of silence a new low for even the FDA

Food and Drug Administration to-do list for Tuesday:

Write news release about the dangers of Venom Hyperdrive 3.0, a diet drug that contains a controlled substance.
Add five company statements to the list of products recalled as …

Food allergies are not just hysteria
Sunday, 18 Jan, 2009 – 11:10 | 3 Comments
Food allergies are not just hysteria

It started with an article in British Medical Journal in which an American doctor claimed parents are in the grip of a “nut hysteria” that is fueling irrational fears about allergic reactions to peanuts.
The doctor, …

Here’s hoping the new FDA head has bigger worries than cold medicine
Tuesday, 13 Jan, 2009 – 0:58 | 4 Comments
Here’s hoping the new FDA head has bigger worries than cold medicine

I was one of those parents today. The kind the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gets verklempt about every autumn as it considers, yet again, banning kiddie cold medicine. The kind of heartless momma who …

The FDA and food labels — it’s worse than I thought
Friday, 21 Nov, 2008 – 14:46 | Comments Off
The FDA and food labels — it’s worse than I thought

Warning: The blog you are about to read contains the rantings of someone irrational nearly to the point of insanity on this particular issue. Reader discretion is advised.
Because I receive email alerts from the Foot …

When faced with competition, suddenly drug makers can produce generics
Wednesday, 19 Nov, 2008 – 14:02 | 2 Comments
When faced with competition, suddenly drug makers can produce generics

Once in a while, I’ll run across something so confusing I’m not sure who the good guys are.
Like this morning when I saw that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of …

Quick food info a happy accident
Monday, 10 Nov, 2008 – 14:06 | Comments Off
Quick food info a happy accident

It’s a great example of getting food recall information to consumers in time to help. Too bad it appears to have been an accident.
Sometime Friday, Nestle USA figured out that two product codes of Strawberry …

FDA still asleep on BPA issue
Monday, 3 Nov, 2008 – 12:17 | Comments Off
FDA still asleep on BPA issue

Sometimes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds me of Big Guy looking for his shoes in the morning.
“Where are they?” he’ll say.
“They’re right beside you.”
“But I don’t see them.”
Dude, just look.
Which is not …

Another autumn, another FDA attack on cold meds
Thursday, 2 Oct, 2008 – 11:21 | Comments Off
Another autumn, another FDA attack on cold meds

Let me first say I’m not in favor of kids walking around hopped up on antihistamines like junior meth addicts.

Let me also say that the guys rarely take over-the-counter cold medicines. We’re big fans of saline nose drops, and humidifiers are such a constant in their lives that they remind me to refill them. We never use cough syrup — Big Guy can’t take it because he’s asthmatic, and I’d just as soon let Little Guy hack it up on his own.

However — and this is a huge however — there are times when Little Guy in particular is so obviously suffering that the only humane thing to do is hit him with Dimetapp and let him breathe freely for a while. And he has to be really sick before I do that, because I’d just as soon not have him walking around buzzed up for hours.

Which is why the Food and Drug Administration’s latest move on medicines for the under 6 set really ticks me off.

If you want the BPA problem solved, you’ll have to do it yourself
Friday, 26 Sep, 2008 – 19:13 | Comments Off
If you want the BPA problem solved, you’ll have to do it yourself

The state of California couldn’t do it, and the feds won’t. Looks like it’s up to consumers to get rid of toxic plastic.

Food labels inadequate — no kidding!
Wednesday, 27 Aug, 2008 – 17:17 | Comments Off

I have no idea why I keep reading labels on foods I know I’ll never be able to buy — allergy-induced obsessive-compulsive disorder, I suppose.
Like this morning, when I stood in the salad dressing aisle …

Cell phones, kids and the cancer scare — is it real?
Monday, 28 Jul, 2008 – 6:59 | Comments Off

“When I was a kid, 12 was the magic number.

I was 12 — closer to 13, actually — when Mom let me pierce my ears. I remember walking through a grocery store that frigid January day as the numbness wore off and my lobes caught fire.

I was 12 when I was allowed to have a “”real”" stereo in my bedroom, instead of the kiddie Show ‘N Tell record player. Albums were censored, though, and Cher was banned.

My friends were 12 when their parents let them get phones in their rooms. None for me, though that was about the time we were able to get off a party line. And, yes, I also had to walk to school in three feet of snow, uphill both ways.

Some parents still hold those lines. Seems there increasingly is