Food and Drug Administration

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    November 27, 2012

    FDA Shuts Down Sunland Peanut Butter Plant

    The FDA flexed its muscles on Monday, suspending the food-facility registration of Sunland Inc., the company that manufactured peanut butter linked to an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 41 people in twenty states. The suspension effectively prevents Sunland from producing any food products ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Bagged "Hearts of Romaine" Salad Recalled

    A busy summer for recalls continues. While the salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes has garnered the most attention for the number of reported cases (approaching 200 at last count), listeria has been the reason for numerous recalls over the past few months, including one announced just yesterda ... More >>

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    August 3, 2012

    Cantaloupes, Frozen Bacon Cheeseburgers Recalled

    Put down that cantaloupe! Or, you know, at least check the sticker before you slice it open. Burch Equipment of North Carolina has recalled 188,902 of its Athena variety cantaloupes due to a risk of contamination by listeria monocytogenes. (This is separate issue from the multiple recalls connected ... More >>

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    June 26, 2012

    Put Down That Dried Bream, Friend -- It Wants to Kill You

    Albert Pujols will always play first base for the Cardinals. Today will always defeat Good Morning America in the ratings. Your dried bream will always be properly eviscerated and botulism-free. No, it hasn't been a good year for the eternal verities. Via the FDA comes an announcement from Euphori ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    Bagged Salad Recall Expands Nationwide

    OK, so maybe you shrugged your shoulders at yesterday's news about the FDA's warning on Korean shellfish. Fair enough. Not exactly an everyday purchase around these parts. Bagged salad, on the other hand... The FDA has announced that River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, California, has expanded its ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    FDA Warns on Korean Shellfish

    The FDA has removed shellfish from Korea -- the official press release says Korea, not South Korea, in case you were wondering -- from its Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List (or the ICSSL, as all the cool kids call it). Though noting that Korean molluscan shellfish "represents only a sma ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Fie! Dolor! Footlong Sandwiches Recalled

    First, Gut Check apologizes for lodging a certain advertising earworm in your head. (any any any) Second, Gut Check passes along word from the FDA -- which is providing way too many news updates for us this week, frankly -- that M.E. Thompson Inc. has expanded a previously announced voluntarily r ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Q&A With Fast Food Nation Author Eric Schlosser, Win Tickets To See Him Speak

    Eric Schlosser has taken on a variety of writing subjects in his time, from illegal immigration to marijuana to pornography, but he's best known for his sharp criticism of the fast food industry in his 2002 book Fast Food Nation. A proponent of the slow food movement, Schlosser tours the country sev ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Raw Yellowfin Tuna Linked to Salmonella, Recalled

    A California company has voluntarily recalled 58,828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna associated with an outbreak of salmonella. According to the FDA, as of Friday, April 13, this oubtreak has sickened more than 100 people across twenty states and Washington, D.C., including Illinois (ten cases) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    World's Awesomest Wine Goblet Recalled

    Gut Check has always scoffed at those dedicated oenophiles who buy stemware that has been designed for one or two specific kinds of wine, like this Riedel beaut for Burgundy -- or, pardon us, for Burgundy grand cru -- which will set you back a cool $125 each. Can this "beautiful monster" truly "tak ... More >>

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    December 12, 2011

    Cilantro Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

    Image via​Pacific Marketing International, a California firm, and the FDA on Friday announced a recall of cilantro for possible contamination with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported as of yet, but a sample of the Pacific-branded cilantro did test positive for Salmonella.The FDA has yet to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Black Licorice Threat Explained Via Taiwanese Animation

    Robin WheelerBlack licorice whips of death and doom. ​Are your children dizzy today? Prone to fainting? Gasping for breath, clutching their chests or too weak to brush the fecal-looking smears of chocolate from their mouths? It might not be the plain ol' post-Halloween sugar crash. If your n ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Mexican Papayas

    Ninety-seven cases of salmonella in 23 states have been linked to Mexican papayas, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Missouri has reported three cases of the illness, and Illinois' reported seven. The suspect papayas were sold whole before July 23 under the brand names Yaya, Blondie, M ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    3 Reasons Why Medical Marijuana is Junk Science, According to Feds

    Medical marijuana: You're outta here!​On Friday the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services at long last responded to an 11-year-old petition that asked the federal government to reconsider its stance on the use of medical marijuana. The ruling last week likely won't encourage Missouri to jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Summer Treats and Meats Recalled

    fda.govDole Italian Blend salad recalled for possible contamination.​It's been a busy few days at the FDA and USDA, recalling lots of potentially contaminated goods. It's salad season! Unless you've got a potentially-tainted bag of salad in your fridge. Some 2,880 cases of Dole Italian Blend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Poll: Which New FDA Cigarette Warning is Most Disgusting?

    A warning we like to call "Ol' Zipper Chest."​If you haven't heard yet, yesterday the FDA announced new health warnings that will cover approximately half of all cigarette packaging beginning in September 2012. The warnings range from the emotional -- images of babies surrounded by smoke and peopl ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Cigarette Warnings Need More Pop

    Today's comment comes in response to our poll asking readers to pick the most disgusting new FDA warnings on cigarette packaging. None of the labels scared reader Douche McGee who writes: These will do nothing to stop smoking. The only way to stop smoking would be to have random packs explode, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Grape Tomatoes, Canned Seafood Get Nasty

    Gray's Harbor Public Market​ Who doesn't love a good seafood salad with tangy little grape tomatoes? The human gastrointestinal tract, that's who, especially if that salad's made with the canned seafood the FDA's just recalled. Quinault Tribal Enterprise in Washington State has recalled al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    More Restrictions on Reproductive Health Move Forward in the House

    Not if the pharmacist doesn't want you to have them.​Today in Jefferson City, Missouri representatives added language to a bill that places more hurdles in front of women seeking legal abortions, in addition to fettering their access to emergency contraception.The bill, HCS HB 28, first came befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Circuit Court Ruling Puts Raw Milk Cheesemaker Out of Business

    image viaThe Cheese House at Morningland of the Ozarks is no more.​The battle over raw-milk cheese has come home to Missouri. On Tuesday the Howell County Circuit Court upheld a ruling by the Missouri State Milk Board that Morningland of the Ozarks, a dairy in Mountain View, would have to dest ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Video: A New Food Rule from the FDA

    From the new show based on The Onion, via Eater, an FDA official has some helpful advice (NSFW language, though bleeped):

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    December 29, 2010

    Sprout Recall Hits Illinois Farm Despite Lack of Evidence.

    The Los Angeles Times reports yet another alfalfa sprout salmonella contamination scare. This time the sprouts are from Tiny Greens Organic Farm in nearby Urbana, Illinois. Farm owner Bill Bagby Jr. said that samples tested from his farm were clean. The FDA's results are the same, but interviews wit ... More >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Are The 10 Riskiest Foods Worth the Risk?

    Image viaDelicious! Deadly?​The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released a new report ranking the ten "riskiest" foods regulated by the FDA (link PDF) based on the number of outbreaks linked to each particular food. Those who have followed all the salmonella, E. coli and other outbre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.8

    The government thinks the FDA needs to step up food inspections. Despite a rash of recalls in the past six years, the FDA has inspected less than half of the organizations it regulates with the number dropping annually. The food safety legislation currently in Congress would provide more resources ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.31

    Yep, the morning brew's tardy again. Can you say "dentist appointment"? Can you say it with Novacain Mouth? Let's just get started, shall we? Even as Eat Me Daily reports that a Wisconsin legislative committee has approved a bill that would legalize the sale of raw milk, the Wall Street Journal wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10.23

    ​ White wine is bad for teeth and in vitro fertilization. (BBC, The Telegraph)So long, cashiers. British grocery chain introduces self-service store. (The Daily Mail)Microbrewery beats big beverage company in court. (WCAX-TV)Oregon soy company in trouble with FDA. (The Oregonian)The worst re ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 5.7

    The FDA isn't keeping up with its audit of state-level food-safety inspections. (USA Today)KFC wasn't prepared for the onslaught of customers with coupons from Oprah for free grilled chicken -- but there were no "riots." (AP)ABC News claims to have identified our favorite "recession foods."

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    April 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 4.3

    The FDA looks at a New York processing plant in the pistachio salmonella case. (AP)In spite of multiple problems involving peanuts, the FDA still hasn't strengthened its safety requirements for the legume. (Washington Post)A new study from Johns Hopkins suggests that drink calories are harder to she ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 3.10

    A Minnesota company is the first to sell an E. coli vaccine for cattle. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)The FDA wants a better way to find the source of salmonella outbreaks. (AP)U.S. consumers are changing how they shop for meat, looking for sales and stocking up. (Supermarket News)

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    February 4, 2009

    CDC Goes New-Media Crazy over Salmonella Outbreak

    Regular Gut Check readers know that the recall of peanut-butter products possibly contaminated by salmonella has dominated the food-news headlines these past few weeks. Now the CDC, FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services are turning to so-called new media to convey the latest informatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2009

    FDA: Don't Eat That Peanut Butter!

    The FDA today advised consumers not to eat peanut butter or products containing peanut butter unless they are certain that it did not come from the Peanut Corp. of America, which has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened over 400 and may be responsible for six deaths. (CNN)

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    January 8, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 1.8

    In today's news: a salmonella outbreak, listing food additives made from bugs and the restaurant scene in New Orleans.

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    October 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10.29

    A new report faults the FDA for finding bisphenol A, used in food packaging, as safe. (AP) Calorie counting is in vogue again. (New York Times) How not to smuggle chorizo from Mexico into the U.S. (The Monitor) - Ian Froeb

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    September 19, 2008
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    June 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.30

    The FDA continues to seek the source of the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes -- though some wonder if tomatoes really are the culprit. (Washington Post) An in-depth look at how nations hoarding food is worsening the food crisis. (New York Times) Remember the outbreak of botulism in chili-dog sauce ... More >>

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    June 16, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.16

    InBev warns Anheuser-Busch: Don't try to counter our offer by acquiring another company. (Bloomberg) Yet another warning on rising food costs, this time from the finance ministers of the G8 nations. (New York Times) The latest on the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes: Tomatoes from more states are c ... More >>

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    June 10, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.10

    Farmers worldwide fear this year's harvests may not be good enough to help the global food crisis. (New York Times) Fears of salmonella lead several restaurants and stores to pull tomatoes from their menu and shelves, while the FDA continues to seek the contamination's source. (Washington Post) Re ... More >>

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    April 22, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 4.22

    Congress proposes a bill to strengthen the FDA's oversight of food safety. (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Do top-tier seafood restaurants support sustainable fishing? An investigation by Charles Clover, who wrote The End of the Line, a must-read book on overfishing. (Vanity Fair) Are your plastic co ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Today's Food News A fascinating -- and disturbing -- medical mystery when workers at a Minnesota pork-packing plant come down with an unknown neurological disorder. Warning: If the phrase "aerosolized brain matter" grosses you out, you might want to skip this one. (New York Times) President Bu ... More >>

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    January 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.30 The Government Accountability Office says the FDA should be more specific about its plans to improve food safety. (Reuters) Should the FDA follow China's example and enact swift, strong measures to improve food safety? It seems to be work-- OH MY GOD POISONED DUMPLINGS! (Guardian) ... More >>

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    January 15, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.15 As expected, a new -- and very long -- FDA report finds that the meat and dairy products of cloned animals are safe for consumption. (Washington Post) The New York Times is publishing a series of articles detailing the impact of the demand for seafood in Europe on the global fis ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007
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    September 19, 2007

    The Morning Grog: Wednesday, 9/19

    Avast, ye scurvy -- oh, screw it. More details on food firms' plans to have the FDA oversee imported food. (Washington Post) A trip to the farmers' market and a homemade lunch with the inimitable Alice Waters. Who is looking for a friend, by the way. (New York Times) I ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007

    FDA and FTC Tell Monsanto to Quit Bellyaching (Part 2)

    Here's the headline I put on the blog entry I just posted about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's and Federal Trade Commission's responses to complaints from Monsanto that U.S. milk producers are "misleading" the citizenry about the Creve Coeur-based chemical company's product Posilac, a.k.a. ... More >>

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    August 9, 2007
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    August 3, 2007

    Food Safety Update

    A quick update on one of Gut Check's favorite stories: The U.S. will assist China's efforts to improve food and drug safety. (AFX News) Also, the FDA has changed its plans: It will now keep several food-safety labs open. (San Jose Mercury News) -Ian Froeb

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    July 30, 2007

    Small Plates: Monday, 7/30

    I'm still trying to figure out what to call this segment instead of Small Plates. Given Gut Check's love of bad puns, I'm sure the new name will inspire more than a few groans and forehead slaps. Good stuff today. Chesterfield restaurant Aqua Vin is facing eviction by its landlord, Sachs Propertie ... More >>

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    June 29, 2007
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    April 4, 2007

    rBST and Monsanto: The Corporate Teat I was in the car last week listening to the Diane Rehm Show (it, uh, relaxes me), when an exchange between the host and one of her guests roused me out of my torpor. The topic du jour was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent determination that meat and milk from clone ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2000

    Hold Those Cheers for the FDA

    The drug we should stop using "immediately" has been questioned for decades

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