Tag: Food and Drug Administration

Mayo, wings, butter: ‘Fake milk’ is the latest food fight

BY CANDICE CHOI – AP FOOD INDUSTRY WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Is “fake milk” spoiling the dairy industry’s image? Dairy producers are calling for a crackdown on the almond, soy and rice “milks” they say are masquerading as the real thing and cloud the meaning of milk for shoppers. And a group that advocates for plant-based products, the Good Food Institute, countered by asking the Food and Drug Administration this week to say foods can use terms such as “milk” and “sausage,” so long as they’re modified to make clear what’s in them. It’s the latest dispute about...

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Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men’s memories

BY LINDSEY TANNER – AP MEDICAL WRITER CHICAGO (AP) — Testosterone treatment did not improve older men’s memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements. While testosterone use for one year appeared to strengthen bones and reduce anemia, it also showed signs of worsening artery disease and questions remain about other potential risks. The researchers said more studies are needed to determine long-term effects – the kind of research the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already asked supplement makers to conduct. "I don’t think anybody would...

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House OKs bill bolstering medical research, drug approvals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a sweeping biomedical bill Wednesday that would help drug and medical device companies win swifter government approval of their products, boost disease research and drug-abuse spending and revamp federal mental health programs. The compromise, which envisions spending $6.3 billion over the next decade, was condemned by consumer groups and some Democrats as a present to drugmakers that promised only paltry spending increases for underfunded federal programs. But their objections were overwhelmed by an alliance among Republicans, many Democrats and the White House for a 996-page measure that bore wins for both parties....

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FDA Extends Tobacco Regulations to Include E-Cigarettes, Cigars and More

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced they’ll now regulate all tobacco products. The regulation includes popular e-cigarettes… Hannah Mackenzie spoke with a local smoke shop owner and a smoke-free advocate to find out how this will affect Rio Grande valley tobacco-users. Before this week, the food and drug administration’s tobacco regulation only covered cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Now, it covers cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, even vape pens and e-cigarettes. To Gilda Bowen, coordinator for the tobacco prevention and control coalition, the move isn’t a surprise. “We really needed regulation with...

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FDA Extending Comment Period on e-cigarette Rules

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The public will have more time to weigh in on a federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the public comment period slated to end July 9 is being extended an additional 30 days to Aug. 8 after getting lots of input on how to regulate e-cigarettes. Those are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The FDA also proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco. In April, the FDA proposed banning sales...

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