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FDA To Grill Walgreens Over ‘Disturbing’ E-Cigarette Violations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is fuming over “disturbingly” high rates of e-cigarette and tobacco sales at Walgreens drugstores and is demanding an unusual in-person meeting the company’s corporate leaders to discuss the problem. According to the FDA, Walgreens is one of the top violators in the nation when it comes to selling e-cigarette and tobacco products to underage kids in violation of federal law. Dr. Gottlieb indicated in a March 4 statement that violators like Walgreens are responsible for the soaring rates of nicotine addiction among U.S. teens and children, which have reached epidemic proportions ... Read More

Will Gottlieb’s Resignation from FDA Jeopardize E-Cigarette Regulation?

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb, whose leadership has been dominated in recent months by a crusade against the e-cigarette and tobacco industries, told his staff on Tuesday that he will resign in April. The surprise announcement casts a shadow over the bold initiatives Dr. Gottlieb spearheaded to combat the opioid addiction and youth vaping epidemics, both of which gripped the nation largely because of aggressive and sometimes illegal marketing and sales efforts by manufacturers. His bold efforts to beat back youth vaping and tobacco use have rankled many industry officials and Republican lawmakers, who have criticized ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More

Listeria Concerns Shut Down Michigan Food Manufacturer

The presence of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in multiple environmental samples collected from a Saranac, Michigan food producer has prompted the federal food police to shut down the company’s facilities. A complaint filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 29 alleges Saranac Brand Foods Inc. and its owners, Dennis and Daniel Nowak, are producing ready-to-eat foods such as macaroni salad, coleslaw, spinach dip, enchilada sauce, and other salads, dips and sauces in a dangerously dirty facility contaminated by Listeria in several places. Numerous FDA inspections and testing showed that the facility hosted a “resident strain” of the Listeria pathogen, ... Read More

FDA’s Proposed E-Cigarette Restrictions Met With GOP Backlash

Sweeping e-cigarette restrictions proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have drawn sharp condemnation from Republican lawmakers, who say the agency’s efforts to prevent children and teens from vaping are “un-Republican” and “troubling.” Clamping down on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco products has become a major focus for FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who proposed plans to limit the sale of flavored e-cigarette products to in-person retail locations where proof of age would be required to buy. Under Dr. Gottlieb’s direction, the FDA also seeks to ban menthol-flavored conventional cigarettes and flavored cigars. The proposals come ... Read More

FDA Seeks Proof that E-cigarette Companies Aren’t Snubbing U.S. Regulations

Federal authorities have expanded a government investigation of the e-cigarette industry while threatening to pull dozens of new vaping products off the market if they are found to be noncompliant with U.S. regulations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it sent letters on Oct. 12 to 21 e-cigarette companies, including the vape units of Big Tobacco companies British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, and Japan Tobacco as part of a probe to determine whether they are illegally marketing some 40 new products. Earlier this month, FDA authorities paid a surprise visit to the San Francisco offices of Juul, the world’s ... Read More

FDA Bans Six Artificial Flavorings known to be Carcinogenic

Six artificial flavorings that are known to cause cancer in animals have been “delisted” by federal regulators and can no longer be used by food manufacturers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oct. 5 announcement may raise some eyebrows. How long have these carcinogenic artificial flavorings been used by food manufacturers? Why were the additives FDA-approved in the first place? How widespread was their use before the FDA banned them? The FDA’s announcement fails to answer these questions, but the agency has said its decision to delist the artificial flavorings was prompted by scientific data presented in one of ... Read More

FDA Considering Ban of E-Cigarette online sales

Online sales of e-cigarettes and similar devices could be banned in the U.S. as federal regulators look for ways to beat back an epidemic of adolescent vaping and nicotine addiction. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said a ban on online sales of e-cigarettes is “on the table” and is something the agency is “very clearly looking at.” Mr. Gottlieb made his comments Tuesday, Sept. 25 at a panel discussion on vaping hosted by the media company Axios in Washington D.C. Mr. Gottlieb’s comments indicate that the FDA may be preparing to escalate its crackdown on the ... Read More

Dragon Breath Snacks Can Cause Serious Injuries, Health Officials Warn

Doctors and other health authorities are warning the public about “Dragon Breath” snacks – a recent craze of snacks dipped in super-cold liquid nitrogen – saying the novelties are causing burn injuries and asthma-like symptoms in some people, especially among children. Kiosks have sprung up in malls and fairs across the country offering Dragon Breath snacks that appeal mostly to kids. The liquid nitrogen in which the snacks are dipped has an exceptionally low boiling point of minus 320 degrees Farenheit. At room temperature, the liquid nitrogen on the snacks vaporizes. When consumed, the vapor resembles smoke that emits from ... Read More

206.7 Million Eggs Recalled for Salmonella Risk

A multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning has prompted the largest egg recall in nearly a decade. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said the recall of 206,749,248 eggs (more than 17 million dozen) follows 22 reports of illness linked to consumption of salmonella-contaminated eggs. Food Safety News says the egg recall is the largest of its kind since 2010. The affected eggs were distributed to stores and restaurants in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. They were sold under several brand names to grocery chains and distributed in ... Read More