food and drug administration

Brown Rice (credit: CBS 2)

New Study Finds Concerning Levels Of Arsenic In Rice Products

The study found higher levels of arsenic in brown rice than white rice because of the way it’s processed. It also found higher levels of arsenic in rice produced in southern states than in rice from California or Asia.

09/19/2012

Sen. Charles Schumer (file / credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Sen. Charles Schumer Wants Crackdown Of Electronic Laser Pointers

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is writing federal regulators, asking them to crack down on the use of the pointers outside of their intended use in office presentations.

08/05/2012

French fried potatoes cooked in trans fat-free soybean oil at Katz's Delicatessen. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Health Department: Trans Fat Ban Made Fast Food A Bit Healthier In NYC

The findings being published Tuesday have implications beyond heart health, suggesting another strategy to curb the nation’s obesity epidemic fueled by a high-calorie, super-sized environment.

07/16/2012

Sen. Charles Schumer (file / credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Senator Schumer Takes On Popular New Energy Shot

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement.

02/19/2012

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Schumer: Juice Needs National Standard For Arsenic

A new proposal would set the first maximum standard for arsenic in apple juice as the Food and Drug Administration continues to test for the substance.

09/18/2011

Alfalfa Sprouts (AP)

FDA Warns Consumers Not To Eat Evergreen Produce Alfalfa Sprouts

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts because they may be linked to 20 cases of salmonella poisoning.

06/27/2011

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Sen. Schumer Pushes Bill To Address Drug Shortages

Sen. Schumer was at the Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center to promote the “Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act,” which would require drug makers to notify the FDA when a shortage of raw materials or other problem would likely cause a medication shortage.

06/01/2011

Cilantro (file / credit: Satur Farms)

Cilantro Recalled From Satur Farms In Cutchogue

The FDA has recalled 138 pounds of cilantro, distributed to six locations on Long Island and New York City, from Satur Farms in Cutchogue because of possible salmonella contamination.

04/22/2011

Materna Baby Formula (Photo/CBS 2)

FDA Halts Shipments Of Kosher Baby Formula ‘Materna’

Some local mothers have been driven to a frenzy after the formula was pulled from Brooklyn store shelves.

03/16/2011

Lupius signs and symptoms (Photo courtesy: DiseaseEducation.com)

New Lupus Drug Benlysta Offers Long-Awaited Hope

The FDA today approved the first new drug to treat lupus in over 50 years, a milestone that medical experts say could prompt development of other drugs that are even more effective in treating the debilitating immune system disorder.

03/10/2011

The Plan B pill, also known as the "morning after" pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Morning-After Pill Maker Wants To Sell ‘Plan B’ Without Age Restriction

The long battle over the controversial pill is now the subject of even more controversy.

02/23/2011

E-Cigarette (ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images)

NY Lawmakers Advance Bill That Would Ban ‘E-Cigarettes’

Some Albany lawmakers want manufacturers to prove to the FDA that e-cigarettes are an effective smoking cessation aid in order to sell them to adults.

01/25/2011

A can of Four Loko. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Internet Remains Source Of Four Loko For NYC Buyers

Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein said his office was able to purchase drinks like Four Loko online. He said sites were charging up to seven dollars per can by advertising them as collector’s items.

12/16/2010

Four Loko (credit: Getty Images)

Alcoholic Energy Drinks To Be Off Shelves In Dec.

The Food and Drug Administration says major brands of caffeinated alcoholic drinks should be off store shelves by mid-December.

11/25/2010

A can of Four Loko. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Under Pressure, Four Loko Opts To Eliminate Caffeine

The manufacturer of popular caffeinated alcohol drink Four Loko said Tuesday it will remove the caffeine from its products, pulling the blend off the market just as the FDA is poised to ban it.

11/16/2010

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