Stories about Food and Drug Administration


Vaccine expert J. Anthony Morris dies at 95

By Bart Barnes, Washington Post on July 04, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
WASHINGTON — J. Anthony Morris, a federal vaccine specialist who was forced into retirement after public disagreements with superior officers over the efficiency of federal vaccine programs and the effectiveness of influenza vaccines, died May 31 at a health care center in Hyattsville, Maryland. He was 95. The cause was …

With recall plus report on worker’s death at plant, hard times for hummus

By Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post on May 27, 2014, at 6 a.m.
Now would be a good time to check the hummus that’s been in your fridge for a long time and think about throwing it away. A plant in Texas voluntarily recalled 14,860 pounds of hummus last week after a routine inspection by the Food and Drug Administration found a risk …
Kate (from left) and Elizabeth, children of Megan Rice of Belgrade, listen as their mother talks to the media about how she attempted to raise her girls in a BPA-free environment and the challenges of doing so.

Belgrade mother, Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine protest LePage’s BPA veto

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 31, 2013, at 7:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Belgrade mother Megan Rice said she was very upset when she found out that the baby food she was feeding her two infant daughters came in packaging that contained bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA. “I was irate,” she said after a Wednesday press conference held downtown …
Red Bull is one of the energy drinks that youths under 18 would be prohibited from purchasing in Maine if a bill passes through the Legislature.

Maine doctors, grocers battle over selling energy drinks to minors

By Matthew Stone on April 29, 2013, at 1:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Representatives from the grocery and beverage industries squared off against three medical groups Monday as the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony on a bill that would bar energy drink sales to minors. The committee was considering a bill sponsored by Rep. Katherine Cassidy, D-Lubec, …

More contaminated drugs found, but Ellsworth hospital says its medication still safe

By Jackie Farwell on Nov. 02, 2012, at 5:13 p.m.
Federal regulators have detected contamination in two more drugs made by a Massachusetts pharmacy tied to a deadly meningitis outbreak, but neither medication made its way to Maine, except in a topical form still considered safe. Regulators announced Thursday that they had found bacterial contamination in preservative-free betamethasone, an injectable …
Jeanne Hoffman, chairman, president and CEO of Putney Inc., holds samples of some of the generic medication the company offers to veterinarian practices on Feb. 3, 2012.

Vet biotech aims at generic pet medicine market

By Matt Wickenheiser on Feb. 03, 2012, at 1:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — As Jean Hoffman’s cat, Dude, got older and more infirm, she began to see some of the failings of the veterinary medicine sector and opportunities to both help and build a business. Hoffman had spent her career in the pharmaceuticals industry, both human and animal. As Dude …
Cantaloupes rot in the afternoon heat on a field on the Jensen Farms near Holly, Colo.

Distance from farm to plate increases chance of food illness

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press on Oct. 02, 2011, at 7:23 a.m.
WASHINGTON  — Outbreaks of listeria and other serious illnesses linked to tainted food are becoming more common, partly because much of what we eat takes a long and winding road from farm to fork. A cantaloupe grown on a Colorado field may make four or five stops before it reaches …

Expert calls for farm-animal prescriptions to stem drug resistance

By Elizabeth Lopatto, Bloomberg News on Sept. 21, 2011, at 4:59 a.m.
CHICAGO — American farmers would be forced to get prescriptions for livestock antibiotics, under a plan developed in Denmark and promoted by infectious disease doctors as a way to stem a rising tide of drug-resistant infections. Healthy livestock routinely get antibiotics in the United States to promote growth and prevent …

Engineered salmon meets opposition in Congress

By Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press on Sept. 12, 2011, at 5 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are pushing to stop the Food and Drug Administration from approving genetically engineered salmon, saying not enough is known about a fish they say could harm fishery businesses in coastal states. It appeared last year that the FDA might approve the engineered salmon quickly. But …
People gathered in front of the Haven Pharmacy in Medford, N.Y., where four people were killed, including two employees and two customers, during a shooting on June 19, 2011, during a holdup for prescription painkillers.

Regulators struggle over controls for often-abused hydrocodone

By Chris Hawley, The Associated Press on Aug. 22, 2011, at 2:53 p.m.
NEW YORK — It is the nation’s second-most abused medicine, linked to murders, celebrity overdoses and a rising tide of violent pharmacy robberies. But since 1999 federal regulators have put off deciding whether to tighten controls over hydrocodone, the addictive narcotic that is the key ingredient in Vicodin and other …

Maine gets $2.1M to fight underage smoking

The Associated Press on July 07, 2011, at 7:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is getting a $2.1 million, three-year grant to crack down on the sale of cigarettes to minors. Maine’s attorney general says the formal announcement of the funding from the Food and Drug Administration will be made Monday at the Calumet Club in Augusta, where a forum …

Feds wonder whether tiny materials play big health role

By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post on June 10, 2011, at 5:35 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators announced Thursday two actions that will aim to clarify the role that extremely small materials can play in items such as cosmetics and food production and packaging. The Environmental Protection Agency said that it will seek to determine whether nanomaterials in pesticide products can “cause unreasonable …

E. coli outbreak points to gaps in US food system

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, The Associated Press on June 02, 2011, at 10:31 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The nasty form of E. coli hitting Europe points out gaps in the U.S. food safety system that raise concern that similar outbreaks might happen here. It’s impossible to test for every illness-causing form of E. coli, even the kinds we already know about. Today, the food industry …

Maine AG seeks end to new high-alcohol drink Blast

The Associated Press on April 22, 2011, at 9:24 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The attorneys general in Maine and 16 other places want Pabst Brewing Co. to stop selling or change a new drink called Blast by Colt 45 because of its high alcohol content. The carbonated malt beverage was introduced this month and comes in fruit flavors in brightly …

Panel acts to save positions for oversight of Maine shellfish industry

By Mal Leary, Capitol News Service on April 17, 2011, at 10:55 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Appropriations Committee has given initial approval to a plan that shifts resources within the Department of Marine Resources to keep three positions filled in the agency to meet federal health inspection standards. “This meets the need of keeping these marine scientist positions funded,” said Rep. Windol …
Blue Hill residents cast their ballots on the town budget Saturday during the annual town meeting.

Blue Hill voters approve self-governance ordinance, $1.7 million budget

By Rich Hewitt on April 03, 2011, at 2:41 p.m.
BLUE HILL, Maine — Voters breezed through most of the warrant articles at the annual town meeting Saturday, and when they finished they had approved a $4.4 million school budget and a $1.7 million municipal budget. They paused along the way to discuss several articles and for the annual turkey …

Jackson Lab announces breakthrough in glaucoma research

By Bill Trotter on March 09, 2011, at 7:42 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine —- With the help of a new genetic analysis technique they have developed, researchers at The Jackson Laboratory say they can detect and treat the early stages of glaucoma in mice. The finding is significant, according to lab officials, because up until now the loss of eyesight …

FDA cracks down on unapproved cold, allergy drugs

By Rob Stein, The Washington Post on March 03, 2011, at 6:41 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials Wednesday announced a crackdown on the sale of prescription cold, cough and allergy products that had never been proven to be safe and effective. About 500 products that had never been formally evaluated by federal regulators will be removed from the market, the Food and …
Most canned foods contain the chemical BPA, which is used as a liner to help protect the contents from spoiling. BPA also is added to many plastic products, including baby bottles and sippy cups.

BPA: What’s all the flap?

By Georgia Clark-Albert, Special to the NEWS on Feb. 26, 2011, at 11:18 a.m.
Bisphenol A, better knows as BPA, has received considerable attention in the media in recent years and in Maine in the past week.  You may be thinking this really doesn’t have a lot to do with you, or with nutrition.  Well, if you heat anything in the microwave, or use …
A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector checks eggs at Maine Contract Farming, Thursday, July 1, 2010, in Turner, Maine.  New England's largest egg farm is taking steps to show it has improved care of its hens after reaching a settlement over allegations its birds were mistreated. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Salmonella-tainted eggs linked to US failure to act

By Lindsey Layton, The Washington Post on Dec. 11, 2010, at 8:38 a.m.
Public health officials closed the books this month on an outbreak of Salmonella illness that had sickened more than 1,900 people since May and led to the largest recall of eggs in U.S. history. Two Iowa egg farms drew most of the blame, triggering a congressional investigation, a federal criminal …
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