Silver Spring, MD – More than decade ago, a sea change began in the American diet, with consumers starting to avoid foods with trans fat and companies responding by reducing the amount of trans fat in their products.
This evolution began when FDA first proposed in 1999 that manufacturers be required to declare the amount of trans fat on Nutrition Facts labels because of public health concerns. That requirement became effective in 2006.
Tennessee Department of Health reports more Drug Dependent Newborns in State already than in all of 2011
TDH Projects 33 Percent Increase by End of Year
Nashville, TN – In just slightly more than nine months this year, more babies in Tennessee have been born dependent on drugs their mothers took during pregnancy than in all of 2011.
By the first week of October, 643 babies were born dependent, compared with 629 for all of 2011.
Washington, D.C. – At a press conference today, Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Representatives Frank Pallone (NJ) and Rosa DeLauro (CT) announced new legislation aimed at updating the requirements for food labels in order to give consumers more information when choosing what to feed their families.
The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013 would give consumers more of the health information they need to better compare and evaluate products by strengthening the standards for nutritional labels on food and by eliminating vague or unclear claims that can mislead consumers. «Read the rest of this article»
Dallas, TX – A new type of defibrillator implanted under the skin can detect dangerously abnormal heart rhythms and deliver shocks to restore a normal heartbeat without wires touching the heart, according to research in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.
The subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (S-ICD®System) includes a lead placed under the skin along the left side of the breast bone. Traditional implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) include electrical conducting wires inserted into blood vessels that touch the heart.
What those health claims on food and beverage really mean; plus, those consumers can trust
Yonkers, NY – The package says “heart healthy,” “reduces cholesterol,” or “maintains digestive health.” But what do these food labels really mean? The full report on tricky food labels is available in the September 2013 issue of ShopSmart.
“Promises of better health, weight-loss and more can be enticing, but claims can be misleading and you may not be doing yourself any favors buying foods that make these types of promises,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. «Read the rest of this article»
Bill would deliver better labels, stronger requirements for manufacturers, more information for consumers
Washington, D.C. – Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today endorsed the Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2013 introduced by U.S. Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).
Ami Gadhia, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, said, “Millions of Americans take dietary supplements regularly. Many supplements may be safe and healthful, but there are numerous ingredients found in a variety of supplements that pose significant dangers to consumers. This bill would mean stronger requirements for manufacturers to deliver safe products and better labels with more information for consumers.” «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, D.C. – Acetaminophen, a fever and pain reliever that is one of the most widely used medicines in the U.S., can cause rare but serious skin reactions, warns the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Although rare, possible reactions to acetaminophen include three serious skin diseases whose symptoms can include rash, blisters and, in the worst case, widespread damage to the surface of skin. If you are taking acetaminophen and develop a rash or other skin reaction, stop taking the product immediately and seek medical attention right away.
Washington, D.C. – Celiac disease is a serious health issue that can lead to critical complications if not treated.
While there is no cure for celiac disease (CD), there is one way to manage it – following a gluten-free diet. The only choice for the up to three million Americans living with CD is to adhere strictly to a gluten-free diet, avoiding proteins that occur naturally in wheat, rye, barley and cross-bred hybrids of these grains.
10 ppb Action Level for Arsenic Important First Step
Yonkers, NY – “We are pleased to see the Food and Drug Administration taking this action,” says Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of Consumer Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports. ” Proposing a10 ppb guidance for apple juice—the same level set for water—is a reasonable first step in protecting consumers from unnecessary exposure to arsenic.”
“It also offers an important enforcement and accountability tool for regulators and a key benchmark for apple juice manufacturers,” said Rangan. «Read the rest of this article»
Agency testing and analysis confirm overall safety of apple juice
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed an “action level” of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice. This is the same level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for arsenic in drinking water.
“The FDA is committed to ensuring the safety of the American food supply and to doing what is necessary to protect public health,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “We have been studying this issue comprehensively, and based on the agency’s data and analytical work, the FDA is confident in the overall safety of apple juice for children and adults.”
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