“Oxygen Bars” – A New Headache For The Fire Service?

This video is for information on these establishments only. Not something I endorse - Jack Benton Oxygen Bars: Is a Breath of Fresh Air Worth It? Peppermint, bayberry, cranberry, wintergreen. Breath mints? Scented candles? No--they're "flavors" of oxygen offered at your local oxygen bar. Since oxygen bars were introduced in the United States in the … Continue reading “Oxygen Bars” – A New Headache For The Fire Service?

Big Spike in Food Recalls During Third Quarter

Food recalls occurred at a four-per-day clip during the third quarter, reaching their highest levels in two years, according to data produced by Indianapolis-based Stericycle ExpertRECALL. The rise in recall activity involved nearly 8.5 million units of food and beverages, a 57 percent increase over the previous quarter. Food recalls in the third quarter reached … Continue reading Big Spike in Food Recalls During Third Quarter

BPA Banned from Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

  by Gretchen Goetz | Jul 18, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that the controversial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, can no longer be used to make baby bottles or sippy cups. The agency said it is taking this step not because BPA is unsafe when used in these products, but … Continue reading BPA Banned from Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups

Study Indicates U.S. Drug Recalls Common But Not Well-Publicized

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalls potentially harmful drugs about once every month but could do a better job of letting doctors and patients know about them, according to a study released on Monday. Over an eight-year span, researchers found that the FDA failed to send notifications for one in five of the most … Continue reading Study Indicates U.S. Drug Recalls Common But Not Well-Publicized

Preliminary FDA Inspection Report Cites Flaws at Diamond Pet Foods Plant

By Mary Rothschild | May 16, 2012 Diamond Pet Foods, the company behind a massive recall of dry dog food due to Salmonella contamination that has sickened at least 16 people, was not taking "all reasonable precautions" to ensure the safety of its product, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection report. The … Continue reading Preliminary FDA Inspection Report Cites Flaws at Diamond Pet Foods Plant

CDC: No Source Confirmed in Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened 93 in 20 States – 9 in Illinois

Sushi or sashimi suspected by Mary Rothschild | Apr 04, 2012 Ninety-three illnesses linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly have been reported from 19 states and the District of Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday, but CDC officials said a specific food has not been identified as the source of … Continue reading CDC: No Source Confirmed in Salmonella Outbreak That Has Sickened 93 in 20 States – 9 in Illinois

FDA Denies Petition to Ban BPA in Food and Beverage Containers

  Agency will continue to study and review chemical's effects by Helena Bottemiller | Mar 31, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday denied a petition seeking to ban bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, from food and beverage packaging, but the agency said it continues to support research examining the safety of the … Continue reading FDA Denies Petition to Ban BPA in Food and Beverage Containers

Lead in Lipsticks: Which Brands Are The Worst Offenders?

Red lipsticks. (Mike Kemp for The Washington Post) A new study from the Food and Drug Administration may have you thinking twice about your morning make-up routine. As The Post’s Dina ElBoghdady reports, four hundred types of lipstick were found to contain lead. Here is a list of the 10 brands and shades that contain … Continue reading Lead in Lipsticks: Which Brands Are The Worst Offenders?

Q&A: Carbendazim and Orange Juice

  What is the problem? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports that low levels of the chemical carbendazim have been found in some orange juice products that contain imported orange juice concentrates. Carbendazim is a fungus-killing chemical used in Brazil and some other countries to preserve agricultural crops. Brazil provides about 11 … Continue reading Q&A: Carbendazim and Orange Juice

FDA Shuts Down Chicago Sandwich Maker

By News Desk | Dec 23, 2011 A Chicago food maker agreed to stop making and distributing its sandwiches after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration filed a complaint in federal court describing chronic sanitation problems and Listeria contamination in its processing facility. Triple A Services signed a consent decree that not only requires the … Continue reading FDA Shuts Down Chicago Sandwich Maker