Latest US Food and Drug Administration Stories

FDA Sent French Breast Implant Maker PIP Warning In 2000
2011-12-28 06:13:49

It has been discovered that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has known about problems with French breast implant manufacturer Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) at La Seyne Sur Mer, since sending an investigator in May, 2000. The FDA then sent a letter to the company´s founder Jean-Claude Mas stating that the company had “adulterated” the implants and citing at least 11 other deviations from good manufacturing practices. The problems in 2000 dealt with the...

FDA Appeals Ruling Against Graphic Images On Cigarette Packaging
2011-11-30 09:47:22

A ruling and injunction by District Judge Richard Leon blocking tobacco companies from being forced to display graphic images on cigarette packs and advertising, was appealed on Tuesday by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Judge Leon, in the widely expected ruling, said the tobacco companies would likely succeed in their challenge to the new warnings as unconstitutional because it compels speech in violation of the First Amendment and would cause them irreparable harm if not...

DNA Testing For Seafood
2011-11-28 11:22:56

The US Food and Drug Administration (USDA) recently officially approved DNA barcoding for seafood in hopes of preventing the growing issue of the mislabeling, both locally produced and imported, into the United States, Rod McGuirk of the Associated Press (AP) reports. Regulators from other countries are also considering adopting DNA barcoding as a cost-effective and highly reliable tool for identifying organic matter. The barcoding of DNA is essentially a standardized fingerprint that can...

Listeria Deaths Number 29 With 139 Infected From Cantaloupes
2011-11-03 09:23:16

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its latest bulletin yesterday that the number of deaths linked to Colorado-grown cantaloupes tainted with listeria has risen to 29 and 139 people infected across 28 states, Fox News is reporting. Eight deaths have been reported in Colorado; five in New Mexico; three in Kansas; two each in Texas, New York, Missouri and Louisiana; and one each in Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Additionally, a pregnant woman...

Word of the Day
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'