Topics :: Food and Drug Administration

California Adopts Olive Oil Labeling Standards

Monday Sep 22, 2014
The state Department of Food and Agriculture has approved standards for grading and labeling California-produced olive oil that will require makers to prove their product really is extra-virgin olive oil if the label on the bottle says so.

What Are the Saltiest Foods?

Monday Jun 23, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is preparing voluntary guidelines that will encourage the food industry to make their foods less salty in an effort to reduce heart attacks and strokes.

What’s in Your Pom Juice? Who Knows...

By Sam Hananel | Friday Jun 13, 2014
Coca-Cola’s version of pomegranate juice is not quite the real thing, and a competitor has another chance to prove it in court.

Genetically Modified Foods Confuse Consumers

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Saturday May 17, 2014
Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most people in the United States have no idea if they are eating them. The Food and Drug Administration says such foods don’t need to be labeled, so some states are moving forward on their own.

Where Will Calorie Labels Appear? Not Just Menus

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Monday Apr 28, 2014
Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes?

U.S. Rep Mike Quigley Discusses MSM Blood Ban with OutLaw

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Apr 8, 2014
On March 31, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke to OutLaw, an organization for LGBT students at the University of Chicago Law School, highlighting the need to reevaluate the FDA’s blood donation criteria.

Banned4Life Holds San Francisco Blood Drive at Rainbow Grocery

By Winnie McCroy | Saturday Feb 22, 2014
In their ongoing effort to highlight the FDA’s anti-gay blood donation policy that bars men who have sex with men, regardless of their risk level, the group Banned4Life will hold a blood drive on February 23 at San Francisco’s Rainbow Grocery.

Putting Olive Oil to the Test

By Mary Clare Jalonick | Wednesday Feb 19, 2014
Imposing stricter standards might help American olive oil producers grab more market share from the Europeans, who produce in bulk and now have 97 percent of the U.S. market.

"Meth" in Your Soda?

By Candic Choi | Saturday Jan 25, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration says there’s no reason to believe that the coloring added to sodas is unsafe. But the agency is taking another look just to make sure. The agency will review new data on the safety of 4-methylimidazole.

FDA Approves New Hepatitis C Drug

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Dec 25, 2013
On Dec. 6, the FDA approved the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). Sovaldi is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat certain types of HCV infection without the need for co-administration of interferon.