food and drug administration

Peanut Butter Salmonella Scare Spreads Nationwide

Peanut Butter Salmonella Scare Spreads Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC, January 21, 2009 (ENS) – A spreading concern about peanut butter products contaminated with salmonella has led Food and Drug Administration investigators to a processing plant in Georgia owned by Peanut Corporation of America. The federal agency has notified PCA that product samples originating from its Blakely, Georgia, processing plant have been tested…

Melamine Scare Expands After Alabama Finds Tainted Chinese Cookies

Melamine Scare Expands After Alabama Finds Tainted Chinese Cookies

WASHINGTON, DC, October 17, 2008 (ENS) – Chinese cookies found in Alabama stores have tested positive for high levels of the plastic melamine, triggering a demand from consumer organizations for a federal government ban on all food products from China containing milk proteins. The recent deaths of four infants and the illnesses of 53,000 other…

New Evidence: Low Level Mercury in Fish a Health Hazard

New Evidence: Low Level Mercury in Fish a Health Hazard

SAN FRANCISCO, California, October 10, 2008 (ENS) – The current mercury consumption guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may not take into account the damage done by exposure to low levels of mercury in fish, according to a new book by San Francisco physician Dr. Jane Hightower. “The problem is that we are…

EPA Won't Regulate Rocket Fuel Toxic in Drinking Water

EPA Won't Regulate Rocket Fuel Toxic in Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, DC, October 6, 2008 (ENS) – Perchlorate, a toxic component of rocket fuel that contaminates drinking water at sites in at least 35 states, will not be regulated at the national level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided. The agency announced its preliminary decision not to regulate perchlorate in drinking water late Friday.…

INSIGHTS: This 'Windows Program' Will Cut Home Energy Use

INSIGHTS: This 'Windows Program' Will Cut Home Energy Use

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – The past week has ushered in the summer’s most sultry weather to date, but in our household, we like basic fresh air, unconditioned. So we use windows and fans when necessary. In 2007, our heat pump ran a total of 10 days the entire summer. Our total…

Connecticut AG: Sunscreen Makers' Claims 'Misleading'

Connecticut AG: Sunscreen Makers' Claims 'Misleading'

HARTFORD, Connecticut, August 3, 2008 (ENS) – Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says the representations made by sunscreen manufacturers in their advertising and labeling are “dangerously misleading claims.” In response to a petition by Blumenthal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year issued a new proposed rule to stop misleading claims by sunscreen manufacturers.…

Bacteria Convert Biodiesel Waste Into Valuable Chemicals

Bacteria Convert Biodiesel Waste Into Valuable Chemicals

HOUSTON, Texas, July 23, 2008 (ENS) – Chemical engineers at Rice University have developed techniques for converting the waste materials of biodiesel production into chemicals that can be sold at a profit. “Biodiesel producers used to sell their leftover glycerin, but the rapid increase in biodiesel production has left them paying to get rid of…

Tomato Salmonella Scare Over, Hot Pepper Scare Begins

Tomato Salmonella Scare Over, Hot Pepper Scare Begins

WASHINGTON, DC, July 21, 2008 (ENS) – Four days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lifted its six-week long warning against eating raw tomatoes because they might be infected with a strain of salmonella bacterial known as Salmonella Saintpaul, the agency has found the same bacteria on a jalapeno pepper in Texas. The FDA…

Raw Red Tomatoes Linked to Salmonella Poisoning

Raw Red Tomatoes Linked to Salmonella Poisoning

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2008 (ENS) – Since mid-April, there have been 145 reported cases of the illness salmonellosis nationwide linked to consumption of tomatoes, including at least 23 hospitalizations. States reporting illnesses linked to the outbreak include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and…

Animal Clones Approved for Human Food

Animal Clones Approved for Human Food

WASHINGTON, DC, January 15, 2008 (ENS) – The federal Food and Drug Administration has concluded that meat and milk from clones of cattle, swine, and goats, and the offspring of clones from any species traditionally consumed as food, are as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals, the agency announced today. There was…

Cloned Animals to be Tracked for Food Processors

Cloned Animals to be Tracked for Food Processors

WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2007 (ENS) – The two largest cloning companies in the United States said Wednesday that they will keep a registry of all their animals that will allow food companies to identify cloned animals when they move into the food processing chain. Trans Ova Genetics of Sioux Center, Iowa and ViaGen Inc.…