Something Stinks at the FDA

With no warning and little publicity the Food and Drug Administration recently issued import bans—and then quickly backtracked—on Roquefort, Tomme de Savoie and other delightfully pungent cheeses because they contained elevated levels of a common, utterly harmless bacteria. In an LA Times story, Janet Fletcher (who has written three books about cheese and publishes a […]

More Cheap PR Stunts from the Folks Who Are Supposed to Protect Our Health

  The cynicism of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knows no bounds. Just before the holidays, the agency, which is supposed to protect Americans’ health, reneged on a 35-year-old pledge to ban farmers from administering low levels (also called subtherapeutic levels) of antibiotics that are used to combat infections in humans to livestock, not […]

By Refusing to Ban Giving Healthy Livestock Daily Doses of Antibiotics, the FDA Puts Corporate Profits Above Consumers’ Health

 No one is going to accuse the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of rushing to judgment. In 1999, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the FDA to stop the common practice of feeding perfectly healthy livestock antibiotics, not to cure disease, but merely to make them pack on weight more efficiently. […]

FDA Asleep on the Job? New Study Has Harsh Criticism for How Agency Determined that Gulf Seafood was Safe

You could almost hear the collective Whew! from the Gulf of Mexico fishing industry (and lovers of oyster po’ boys, blackened redfish, and shrimp jambalaya) this spring when Donald Kraemer, Deputy Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, proclaimed: “We’re very confident that the steps that we […]

Consumers Union Blasts FDA over Pending Approval of GMO Salmon; What’s in a Name? With Sales in the Pits, Corn Refiners Petition FDA to Let Then Call High Fructose Corn Syrup “Corn Sugar”

Consumers Union to FDA: Say NO to GMO Salmon During the a series of hearings early this week, a committee advising the Food and Drug Administration will decide whether to give its blessing to Atlantic salmon genetically modified to grow twice as fast as non-GMO salmon. The fish, engineered by a Massachusetts company called AquaBounty […]

Newsbites:Big Ag and the Obama Administration: A Who’s Who; Wheat Rust Could Cause Widespread Famine; Finally, the FDA Comes out Against Needless Antibiotic Use in Livestock; Government Body Chooses Wrong Side in the Organic/Conventional Debate

Big Ag’s Big Pal in the Oval Office The World’s Bread Basket in Danger of Rusting Away FDA Takes a Anti-Antibiotic Stance—Finally Federal Dietary Guidelines: Organic no Better than Conventional           Big Ag’s Big Pal in the Oval Office Even as a journalist who is supposed to follow matters related to […]

Obama Newspeak: Labeling Food as GM-Free is False, Misleading and Deceptive, even When it is True

If you were hoping that there might be some change in the United States government’s official position on genetically modified and genetically engineered (GM/GE) foods under an Obama administration, tough luck. Last month there was the appointment of big-time GM/GE advocate (and former Monsanto lobbyist) Islam Siddiqui as the country’s chief agricultural negotiator. Now comes […]

White Lightning: Why Does Raw Milk Spark Such Heated Debate?

A week or so ago I drank a cold, refreshing glassful of a liquid that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says is “inherently dangerous” and “should not be consumed by anyone at any time for any purpose.” We’re not talking about kerosene, or even the hard cider I brew in the basement, but milk, […]