Food and Drug Administration

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    August 27, 2013

    Last Shot: A New Chemotherapy Drug Means New Side Effects

    [Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Kermit Mix? Woman Finds Live Frog in Bagged Salad

    Oh, indeed, it ain't easy being green. Yes, that's a frog -- a living, breathing frog, in fact -- inside a package of bagged salad. A Lake County, Florida, woman says she found the frog inside the salad, which she bought from Wal-Mart.

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    May 10, 2012

    Tuna Recall Expanded from Scrape to Strips

    Gut Check told you last month about Moon Marine's voluntary recall of yellowfin tuna for possible salmonella contamination. Specifically, Moon recalled its "Nakaochi Scrape," which we learned (to our discomfort, if not outright horror) is tuna backmeat literally scraped off the bone and eventually e ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Unsanitary Packing Facility Led to Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak. Bagged Salad Recalled.

    Wikimedia CommonsCantaloupe listeria source found.​As the death toll from the Rocky Ford cantaloupe listeria outbreak rises to 25, the Food and Drug Administration has pinpointed the contamination's source. Government inspectors found listeria bacteria in standing water on the floor of Jense ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Feds Get New Tools to Fight Food-Borne Illnesses​ It has been a busy week for federal agencies that try to keep bugs out of the food supply. This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration debuted a revamped website that provides food-recall information to consumers. The previous website was so bad that improvements were m ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    This Just In: Nuclear Sludge Unsafe to Eat!

    ​Yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the voluntary recall of Candy Dynamics Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge bars. Seems the chewy treats, which are imported from Pakistan, might contain elevated levels of lead. (Which, as we all know, can cause health problems in everyon ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Alcoholic Energy Drinks Out, Alcoholic Aerosol Whipped Cream In

    Washington state's declared war on caffeinated alcoholic beverages after boozey energy drink Four Loko helped land nine underage drinkers in the hospital, according to U.S. News and World Reports. The kiddos love the buzzed booze. As the piece's author says, "An awake drunk is just as dangerous and ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    Egg Recall Could Boost Food Safety Legislation

    Egg recall could give momentum to food safety legislation. CNN reports that the massive recall has given new life to the bill that stalled in the Senate last year. The bill would give the Food and Drug Administration more power to order recalls and shut down unsafe food production facilities. Ever ... More >>

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    July 13, 2010

    Five Foods That Should Be Genetically Modified

    Some people are quite excited for the advent of "frankenfoods."​The recent news that the FDA is close to approving salmon genetically engineered to grow faster might inspire concern -- or even anger -- about what we are doing to our food systems and environment. On the other hand, it might inspire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.9

    How to spot oil-tainted seafood? The nose knows. Slashfood reports that, in an effort to find a cost-effective way to keep products ruined by the BP oil disaster from reaching customers, the FDA and NOAA are busy training seafood inspectors on how to detect oil by smelling the fish. The Atlantic v ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.26

    Although a $1.5 billion settlement was reached months ago for discriminated African-American farmers, the plaintiffs have yet to see the money. Roland S. Martin of CNN gives his take on the situation, and how the history of American racism has affected black farmers. The food safety bill's still ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.20

    The air travel catastrophe caused by Iceland's volcano can teach some important lessons about eating locally in the U.K. The Guardian detailed how the huge ash cloud is preventing Kenyan produce imports from reaching western Europe. Tons of fruits and vegetables have already been dumped because the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 12.3

    ​ Texas Tyson plant cited for unsanitary conditions. (Associated Press)A fifteen-year cheddar to debut. (Wisconsin State Journal)FDA investigation of caffeine added to alcohol might endanger coffee stouts and porters. (Washington Post)Galveston Bay faces severe oyster shortage. (The New York ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.22

    ​ Plum Organics issues baby food recall. (Los Angeles Times)FDA examines front-of-package labeling. (U.S. News and World Report)Have a $100 burger, served by Blago, in reality show restaurant. (Advertising Age)What a bento box says about a culture. (The New York Times)Talking coffee maker do ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.10

    ​ President Obama endorses higher taxes on soda to help fund food stamps. (Kansas City Star)New FDA rule and reporting systems aims for contaminated food to be reported faster. (The Boston Globe)September 21 issue of The Nation focuses on food, with writings by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.30

    More on the expanding recall of E. coli-tainted meat from a Colorado company. (CNN)The FDA confirms E. coli in Nestlé Toll House cookie dough. (Time)Los Angeles bloggers expose the non-vegan ingredients used at vegan restaurants. An impressive report. (Quarry Girl)

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    June 24, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.24

    Creve Coeur-based Monsanto faces lower profits and imminent layoffs. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)The FDA warns that pistachios from the salmonella outbreak earlier this year are being repackaged and sold. (Reuters)Will the recession-busting deals at T.G.I. Friday's and other mid-level chain restaurants ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 5.8

    Margaret Hamburg, the Obama administration's nominee to head the FDA, has a positive reception before a Senate committee. (New York Times) The number of people facing hunger in the world will number one billion this year, according to a new report. (Bloomberg) KFC suspends its free chicken promotio ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 3.12

    The Obama administration has selected former New York City health comissioner Margaret A. Hamburg to lead the FDA. (Washington Post)Why do we love salt? A new study suggests a new reason: It's an antidepressant. (BBC News)London renowned Fat Duck reopens after a mystery illness sickened 400 diners. ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009
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    February 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.9

    Peanut Corp. of America lied to the FDA when it said it hadn't knowingly shipped salmonella-tainted peanut-butter products. (Los Angeles Times)Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wants all federal food-safety programs under one agency. (AP)Starbucks announces its first ever breakfast combo deals. ( ... More >>

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    January 19, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.19

    In today's news: don't eat peanut butter snacks, look back at White House chefs and consider raccoon.

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    December 12, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 12.12

    In today's news: the FDA on the benefits of seafood vs. the risks, eating nuts for heart health and eating camel meat for the environment's health.

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    November 26, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 11.26

    A record number of Americans -- 30 million -- now use food stamps. (Los Angeles Times) Experts say the FDA needs a major overhaul under the new Obama administration. (Washington Post) The Great Massachusetts Meat Mystery: Who has left raw meat in the same public location six times now? And why? (Bos ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10.17

    The FDA details its plans to open inspection offices in China and other countries. (AP) Brain scans reveal a link between obesity and how (or if) we perceive gratification as we eat. (Chicago Sun-Times) A skinny -- of course -- Pennsylvania chef eats a 15-pound hamburger. (SkyNews) - Ian Froeb

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    October 6, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10.6

    The FDA says trace amounts of melamine in food pose no health risk. (Washington Post) A new salmonella outbreak, this one apparently caused by people undercooking chicken in the microwave. (Medical News Today) A look at Michelin's 2009 starred restaurants for New York City. ( - Ian Froe ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    August 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.25

    The FDA's decision to allow irradiation of lettuce and spinach merely continues the debate about the topic. (Chicago Tribune) A new study finds that half of all food produced is wasted. (AHN) If this had happened ten years ago, I would have been so screwed: Pepperoni-pizza Hot Pockets are recalled ... More >>

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    August 22, 2008
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    August 18, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.18

    The FDA finds that the chemical bisphenol A does not pose any risk in food containers. (AP) The news that Gut Check has been expecting: Food poisoning strikes U.S. athletes in China. (New York Times) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gives $17.6 million to fight world hunger. (Seattle Times) - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    FDA Links Salmonella Outbreak to Specific Farm

    The investigation into the cause of the recent salmonella outbreak may finally be reaching a conclusion: The FDA has traced salmonella to a Mexican farm producing serrano peppers. - Ian Froeb

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    July 21, 2008

    Breaking: Salmonella Found on Jalapeno

    The FDA has found evidence of the salmonella bacteria matching strand causing the current outbreak on a jalapeno pepper. This might be the break investigators need to find the outbreak's source. Developing.... (CNN) - Ian Froeb

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    July 18, 2008
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    July 10, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 7.10

    The FDA warns that jalapeños, serrano chiles and cilantro could be linked to the salmonella outbreak. (San Jose Mercury-News) The new El Bulli cookbook reveals that one of Ferran Adria's ingredients is a Lays snack product. (Guardian) A fight at a Florida butcher leads to...well, just read the st ... More >>

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    May 21, 2008
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    March 18, 2008
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    March 4, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 3.4 The FDA won't require meat from cloned animals to be labeled as such. Will the effort of some states to require labeling succeed? (BusinessWeek) From the So Ridiculous We Couldn't Make It Up Department: A pro-whaling lobby in Norway argues that eating whale meat could help re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 12/3

    A new report finds that the FDA is underfunded and understaffed. (USA Today) Can Congress improve how the nation's children eat at school? Depends on the passage of the farm bill. (New York Times) Heading to Chicago for the holidays? You might want to hold the ice whe ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 11/29

    The FDA will hold a public hearing today on whether salt levels in processed foods should be regulated. (Los Angeles Times) Obesity levels in the U.S. have leveled off, the CDC reports. It's happened before, though. (AP) Is it time for bourbon to be the hip spirit? Eric A ... More >>

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    November 7, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 11/7

    President Bush wants the FDA to have the authority to force the recall of contaminated products. (Forbes) A debate about what foods should be labeled "natural." Chicken injected with water or broth? Anything with high-fructose corn syrup? (AP) Rahodeb's retirement is offi ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    Big Boobs: Read All About 'Em!

    RFT reader Michael Mindlin e-mailed us to scold St. Louis Post-Dispatch health and fitness editor Amy Bertrand for her October 8, 2007, column "Silicone vs. saline: Looking at breast implant options." Complains Mindlin: "While approved by the FDA, silicone implants are clearly dangerous, and [Amy ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9/20

    A major consumer group criticizes food firms' plans to strengthen FDA oversight of food safety. (MarketWatch) Will hoof-and-mouth disease linger in Great Britain through the fall? And is the government caving to industry pressure by not mandating vaccinations? (Guardian) ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007
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    August 29, 2007
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    July 24, 2007
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    July 18, 2007

    Small Plates: Wednesday, 7/18 Much love for K.C. Foodies live in the Midwest? And they have some good restaurants there? Who knew? The focus of this article is the Kansas City restaurant scene -- Bluestem and the American Restaurant, in particular -- but St. Louis earns a mention. (New York Times) ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 4, 2007

    Feel Good Chocolate Diet

    Golden Grocer Natural Foods
    335 North Euclid Avenue

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    January 10, 2007

    Get Clean Herb Tea for Detoxing

    Straub's, 8282 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-725-2121.

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    May 17, 2006

    Little Debbie Marshmallow Pies (Banana)

    Grand Supermarket
    2700 South Grand Boulevard

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    July 24, 2002

    Fish Tale

    Like escolar? This, too, shall pass -- faster than you think

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