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FDA pledges openness on gene-altered products
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Federal health officials Thursday pledged a new, open process for approving drugs and foods from genetically engineered animals.

Consumer groups complained the policy won't do enough to tell people if they're eating gene-altered animals and fails to protect the environment. They urged the incoming Obama administration to reconsider it.

Genetic engineering, already widely used for crops, is on the threshold of producing animals that can grow faster or even yield drugs that treat human illnesses. Although the potential benefits — and profits — are huge, many individuals have qualms about manipulating the genetic code of other living creatures.

In issuing its long-awaited final policy, the Food and Drug Administration said it will not allow any products from genetically engineered animals to be sold without first submitting them to scrutiny by independent advisers at a public meeting. The government will allow exceptions for research animals, such as lab rats, and the FDA will post those on its Web site.

Genetically engineered — or GE — animals are not clones, which the FDA has already said are safe to eat. Clones are exact copies of an animal. With GE animals, their DNA has been altered to produce a desirable characteristic.

"We will not approve any application until we are convinced of the safety and effectiveness," said FDA biotechnology expert Larisa Rudenko, who has been working on the complex issue since 1989. "The public should rest assured that we are not going to be rushing any decisions."

But consumer groups said the FDA's policy will not require all genetically engineered foods to be labeled as such. And they said the government has not done enough to examine the potential impact of genetically engineered animals on the environment, particularly if some escape and begin to mate with animals in nature.

"They are completely ignoring consumers' overwhelming desire for labeling," said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist with Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports. FDA officials said genetically engineered foods will be labeled if they are different in some important way from natural foods, for example, no-fat filet mignon.

The FDA also failed to require a cradle-to-grave tracking system for genetically engineered animals, said Gregory Jaffe, who heads the biotechnology project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He's particularly concerned about animals that are not supposed to enter the food supply chain.

"The FDA has made some small but important changes to increase the transparency of this process," said Jaffe. "It helps, but the devil is in the details."

While not calling for a repeal of the FDA policy, Jaffe urged the incoming Obama administration to work with Congress on a new law that specifically addresses the genetic engineering issue. The FDA based its policy on older laws that apply to animal drugs.

Drugs and foods from GE animals will become increasingly common in the next five to ten years. For example, an FDA advisory committee last week considered approval of an anti-clotting drug produced from the milk of GE goats. The scientific advisers concluded that the drug — ATryn — appears to be safe and effective. A final FDA decision is pending. And a Massachusetts company hopes to win FDA approval this year for a faster-growing salmon.

The biotechnology industry welcomed the FDA's announcement.

"This system will ensure the products made available through this science will go through a rigorous and transparent review process before being approved for the marketplace," said Barbara Glenn, a senior scientific adviser with the Biotechnology Industry Organization.


Govt Pays Millions for Unapproved Drugs
Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Taxpayers have shelled out at least $200 million since 2004 for medications that have never been reviewed by the government for safety and effectiveness but are still covered under Medicaid, an Associated Press analysis of federal data has found. Millions of private patients are taking such drugs, as well.

The availability of unapproved prescription drugs to the public may create a dangerous false sense of security. Dozens of deaths have been linked to them.

The medications date back decades, before the Food and Drug Administration tightened its review of drugs in the early 1960s. The FDA says it is trying to squeeze them from the market, but conflicting federal laws allow the Medicaid health program for low-income people to pay for them.

The AP analysis found that Medicaid paid nearly $198 million from 2004 to 2007 for more than 100 unapproved drugs, mostly for common conditions such as colds and pain. Data for 2008 were not available but unapproved drugs still are being sold. The AP checked the medications against FDA databases, using agency guidelines to determine if they were unapproved. The FDA says there may be thousands of such drugs on the market.

Medicaid officials acknowledge the problem, but say they need help from Congress to fix it. The FDA and Medicaid are part of the Health and Human Services Department, but the FDA has yet to compile a master list of unapproved drugs, and Medicaid — which may be the biggest purchaser — keeps paying.

"I think this is something we ought to look at very hard, and we ought to fix it," said Medicaid chief Herb Kuhn. "It raises a whole set of questions, not only in terms of safety, but in the efficiency of the program — to make sure we are getting the right set of services for beneficiaries."

At a time when families, businesses and government are struggling with health care costs and 46 million people are uninsured, payments for questionable medications amount to an unplugged leak in the system.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked the HHS inspector general to investigate.

That unapproved prescription drugs can be sold in the United States surprises even doctors and pharmacists. But the FDA estimates they account for 2 percent of all prescriptions filled by U.S. pharmacies, about 72 million scripts a year. Private insurance plans also cover them.

The roots of the problem go back in time, tangled in layers of legalese.

It wasn't until 1962 that Congress ordered the FDA to review all new medications for effectiveness. Thousands of drugs already on the market were also supposed to be evaluated. But some manufacturers claimed their medications were "grandfathered" under earlier laws, and even under the 1962 bill.

Then, in the early 1980s, a safety scandal erupted over one of those medications. E-Ferol, a high potency vitamin E injection, was linked to serious reactions in some 100 premature babies, 40 of whom died.

In response, the FDA started a program to weed out drugs it had never reviewed scientifically. Yet some medications continued to escape scrutiny.

Sometimes, the medications do not help patients. In other cases, the FDA says, they have made people sicker, maybe even killed them. This year, for example, the FDA banned injectable versions of a gout drug called colchicine after receiving reports of 23 deaths. Investigators found the unapproved drug had a very narrow margin of safety, and patients easily could receive a toxic dose leading to complications such as organ failure.

Critics say the FDA's case-by-case enforcement approach is not working.

"The FDA does not appear to have a systematic mechanism to report these drugs out," said Jon Glaudemans, senior vice president of Avalere Health, a health care industry information company, "and there doesn't seem to be a systematic process by which health insurance programs can validate their status. And everyone is pointing the finger at someone else as to why we can't get there."

In most cases, doctors, pharmacists and patients are not aware the drugs are unapproved.

"Over the years, they have become fully entrenched in the system," said Patti Manolakis, a Charlotte, N.C., pharmacist who has studied the issue. Only a few unapproved drugs are truly essential and should remain on the market, she added.

Tackling the problem is made harder by confusing — and sometimes conflicting — laws, regulations and responsibilities that pertain to different government agencies.

Medicaid officials said their program, which serves the poor and disabled, is allowed to pay for unapproved drugs until the FDA orders a specific medication off the market. But that can take years.

Compare that with Medicare, the health care program for older people.

Medicare's prescription program is not supposed to cover unapproved drugs. Medicare has purged hundreds of such medications from its coverage lists, but continues to find others.

It might be easier to sort things out if the FDA compiled a master list of unapproved drugs, but the agency hasn't. FDA officials say that would be difficult because many manufacturers do not list unapproved products with the agency. Yet, the AP found many that were listed — a possible starting point for a list.

Among the drugs the AP's research identified were Carbofed, for colds and flu; Hylira, a dry skin ointment; Andehist, a decongestant, and ICAR Prenatal, a vitamin tablet. Medicaid data show the program paid $7.3 million for Carbofed products from 2004 to 2007; $146,000 for Hylira; $4.8 million for Andehist products, and $900,000 for ICAR.

Grassley said the system is failing taxpayers and consumers.

"The problem I see is bureaucrats don't want to make a decision," Grassley said. "There is no reason why this should be such a house of mirrors when so much public money is being spent." Grassley is considering introducing legislation to ensure that consumers are told when a medication is unapproved.

FDA officials say they tell Medicaid and Medicare when the agency moves to ban an unapproved drug, so the programs can stop paying.

"The situation is complicated by the fact that Medicaid and Medicare have a different regulatory regime than FDA does," said FDA compliance lawyer Michael Levy. "There are products that we may consider to be illegally marketed that could be legally reimbursed under their law."

The FDA began its latest crackdown on unapproved drugs two years ago and has taken action against nine types of medications and dozens of companies. Typically, the agency orders manufacturers to stop making and shipping drugs, and it also has seized millions of dollars' worth of medications. But federal law does not provide fines for selling unapproved drugs, and criminal prosecutions are rare.

Some manufacturers of unapproved drugs say their products predate FDA regulation and are "grandfathered in."

"These are drugs that don't require an FDA approval," said Bill Peters, chief financial officer of Hi-Tech Pharmacal in Amityville, N.Y. "These are products with active ingredients that have been on the market for a long time." The company is moving away from older products, Peters said, and its new market offerings are FDA-approved.

Levy said the FDA is skeptical that any drugs now being sold are entitled to "grandfather" status. To qualify, they would have to be identical to medications sold decades ago in formulation and other important aspects.

The agency is targeting drugs linked to fraud, ones that do not work and, above all, those with safety risks. While the crackdown has helped, it does not appear to have solved the problem.

The gout drug banned by the FDA this February is not the only recent case involving safety problems.

Last year, the FDA banned unapproved cough medicines containing hydrocodone, a potent narcotic. Some had directions for medicating children as young as age 2, although no hydrocodone cough products have been shown to be safe and effective for children under 6.

In a 2006 case, the agency received 21 reports of children younger than 2 who died after taking unapproved cold and allergy medications containing carbinoxamine, an allergy drug that also acts as a powerful sedative. Regulators banned all products that contained carbinoxamine in combination with other cold medicines.

"We as Americans have a belief that all the prescription drugs that are available to us have been reviewed and approved by the FDA," said Manolakis, the pharmacist. "I think the presence of these drugs shows we have a false sense of security."


On the Net:

FDA's unapproved drugs page: http://tinyurl.com/4tv2sb


Milk off shelves as China's safety scandal grows
Associated Press

China's food safety crisis widened Friday after the industrial chemical melamine was found in milk produced by three of the country's leading dairy companies — prompting stores, including Starbucks, to yank milk from their shelves.

The recalls come as evidence is mounting that adding chemicals to watered-down milk was a widespread practice in China's dairy industry.

Sipping from a carton of milk at a news conference, the chief financial officer of one of the companies, Mengniu, apologized for the tainted milk. But he insisted only a small portion of the company's inventory had been contaminated and said the tainted milk came from small-scale dairy farmers.

"Large-scale milk farms are very disciplined. They won't take the risk to do something like that," Yao Tongshan told reporters in Hong Kong.

The crisis was initially thought to have been confined to tainted milk powder, used to make baby formula that has been blamed in the deaths of four infants and for sickening 6,200 other children.

But tests found melamine in samples of liquid milk taken from China's two largest dairy producers, Mengniu Dairy Group Co. and Yili Industrial Group Co., as well as Shanghai-based Bright Dairy. The chemical, which is used in plastics and fertilizers, can cause kidney stones and lead to kidney failure.

All batches that tested positive were being recalled, China's product safety watchdog said in a report on its Web site. It pledged to "severely punish those who are responsible."

Melamine, which is high in nitrogen, makes products with it appear higher in protein. Suppliers trying to cut costs are believed to have added it to watered-down milk to cover up the resulting protein deficiency.

No tainted infant formula has turned up in the United States, where authorities have inspected more than 1,000 retail markets mainly serving Asian communities. China is an importer of liquid milk, so it's unlikely that milk from that country would have been shipped to the U.S.

But the Food and Drug Administration said it is stepping up inspections at ports as a precaution. Inspectors will be sampling bulk shipments of food ingredients from Asia that are derived from milk, such as milk powder and whey powder. The FDA also plans to issue a consumer alert warning people not to buy milk products from China on the Internet.

A senior dairy analyst said Chinese farmers were cutting corners to cope with rising costs for feed and labor.

"Before the melamine incident, I know they could have been adding organic stuff, say animal urine or skin," said Chen Lianfang of Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant Co. "Basically, anything that can boost the protein reading."

But he and others expressed skepticism that so many farmers would know to add melamine to milk. The chemical is not water-soluble and must be mixed with formaldehyde or another chemical before it can be dissolved in milk.

"Farmers can't be well-educated enough to think of melamine," Chen said. "There must be people from chemical companies contacting them and telling them it's a good idea."

The product safety agency and the Health Ministry declined to answer questions Friday about how widespread the practice of adding melamine to milk was believed to be.

"I don't know if this is an industrywide problem, but it is definitely not a single case. It is on a massive scale," said E.R. Hong, an executive of Hua Xia Dairy Ltd., a U.S.-owned dairy farm east of Beijing that has not been accused of supplying tainted milk.

The crisis highlights the growing influence of dairy products in the Chinese diet. Milk is not part of the traditional Chinese diet, but the country's economic growth and the increased availability of refrigeration have brought about a wide range of products, with flavored milk and sweetened yogurts among the most popular.

Though per capita consumption of dairy products in China is still low at 1.5 ounces per day, increasingly affluent Chinese consumers are paying more attention to their health and view milk as highly nutritious, particularly for children.

The crisis has raised questions about the effectiveness of tighter controls China promised after a series of food safety scares in recent years over contaminated seafood, toothpaste and a pet food ingredient tainted with melamine that was blamed for the deaths of dogs and cats in the United States. In 2004, more than 200 Chinese infants suffered malnutrition and at least 12 died after being fed phony formula that contained no nutrients.

Reactions to the latest recalls were immediate.

Starbucks Corp. said its 300 cafes in mainland China were pulling all milk supplied by Mengniu, though the Seattle-based company said no employees or customers had fallen ill from the milk.

Major Hong Kong grocery chains PARKnSHOP and Wellcome ordered Mengniu liquid milk removed from their shelves Friday, a day after products made by Yili, including milk, yogurt and ice cream, were taken off. Singapore suspended the sale and import of all Chinese milk and dairy products Friday.

Meanwhile, two distributors of Sanlu baby formula said the company ordered them to pull its products off shelves in early July, weeks before it announced its milk powder was contaminated.

The statements raised further questions about when the company and government knew the formula was contaminated.

Sanlu received complaints as early as March and tests in early August found the milk powder contained melamine. However, no recall was ordered until Sept. 11, after its New Zealand stakeholder told the New Zealand government, which then informed the Chinese officials.

One of the distributors, Zhang Youqiang, said Sanlu ordered all formula with production dates from 2007 to July 2008 be yanked from shelves.

"Then things got weird. In early August, they came to us again and said all the new Sanlu baby milk powder we had just put on the shelves" did not meet a government standard unrelated to product quality, said Zhang, who declined to name the distributor he works for in Hebei province.

Another distributor, Liang Jianqiang, said he also took Sanlu baby milk powder out of stores in July. "They told me there would be a new formula that's better quality. They did this again in August and September," he said.

Phone calls to Sanlu rang unanswered Friday, and its Web site was not working. China's quality watchdog did not respond after asking that questions be faxed over.


Warning on Certain Types of Raw Red Tomatoes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting consumers in New Mexico and Texas that a salmonellosis outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The bacteria causing the illnesses are Salmonella serotype Saintpaul, an uncommon type of Salmonella.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections particularly in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, the organism can get into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses. 

Preliminary Data

The specific type and source of tomatoes are under investigation. However, preliminary data suggest that raw red plum, red Roma, or round red tomatoes are the cause. 

There have been 57 reported cases of salmonellosis caused by Salmonella Saintpaul in New Mexico and Texas, including 17 hospitalizations. Approximately 30 reports of illness in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Utah are currently being investigated to determine whether they are also linked to tomatoes. There are no reported deaths.

Advice for Consumers

  • At this time, consumers in New Mexico and Texas should limit their tomato consumption to tomatoes that have not been implicated in the outbreak. These include cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, tomatoes sold with the vine still attached, and tomatoes grown at home.
  • Consumers in New Mexico and Texas who have recently eaten raw tomatoes or foods containing raw tomatoes and are experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider. All Salmonella infections should be reported to state or local health authorities.

Investigation Continues

FDA recognizes that the source of the contaminated tomatoes may be limited to a single grower or packer or tomatoes from a specific geographic area.  FDA also recognizes that there are many tomato crops across the country and in foreign countries that are just becoming ready for harvest or will become ready in the coming months. 

To ensure that consumers can continue to enjoy tomatoes that are safe to eat, FDA is working diligently with the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Indian Health Service, and various food industry trade associations to quickly determine the source and type of the contaminated tomatoes.  As more information becomes available, FDA will update this warning.

For More Information

Red Tomato Warning Expanded Nationwide


The FDA and Cloned Cows

By: David Phillips

February 3, 2008



The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about a week ago announced that the milk and meat from Cloned animals is safe to eat and drink. The FDA said that the milk and the meat are “indistinguishable” from animals that are bred and raised in conventional methods. The decision removes the last big U.S. regulatory hurdle to marketing products from cloned livestock such as Cow and Pigs.


So why has the FDA rushed the approval?


The FDA in their normal haste to appease manufacturers so they can get their products to market has again favored another industry over the concerns of the consumer.


Companies like ViaGen, a subsidiary of Exeter Life Sciences in Austin, Texas, and Cyagra, which offer livestock-cloning services to ranchers for replicating their most elite sires and dams, have been waiting several years for a final say from the FDA.


In 2001, the FDA put a voluntary suspension on the sale of these items, so they could begin their study of the risks that may be associated with food from Cloned animals.


The findings by the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine will be published and made available, and states that none of their studies show,”any remarkable nutritionally or toxicologically important differences” in the meat and milk from Cloned animals. The only problem with that is that the industry is new and no long term studies have been made, because they can’t.


I'll have a Clone Burger with Fries to Go


Coming to you soon (a couple of years until they get the costs down) you may be eating a clone burger with your fries, and you won’t even know it, because the FDA will not require any labels that say, “From Cloned Animals.”


The FDA is saying that a glass of milk and a hamburger from a Cloned animal, will taste exactly the same as those from naturally bred animals, and that there are no differences.


But there are differences, big differences; a Clone is created in a lab, to be an exact duplicate of an existing conventionally bred animal.


With cloning also come ethical concerns that are not found in the conventional process of breeding. The process itself has a very high risk of birth defects, and the mere fact that it is created in a lab, would make many wonder if this is morally acceptable.


Many soon will be faced with a choice, do I want to eat and drink products from Cloned animals, or just avoid them altogether because of ethical reasons, or some other personal reason.


The FDA says that you the consumer will not have the option of knowing whether your meat and milk are from Cloned animals. The FDA said that they have NO plans, for the requirement of labels. The FDA is saying that, if you, the consumer have an ethical or moral problem with Clones, they also don’t care.


As a consumer of meat and milk by-products, I personally want to know what kind of food I am putting in my mouth, and where it comes from, or at least I want the option of being able to know, and I think that there are millions of people that feel that same as I do.


I urge everyone who cares about what they eat or that may have an ethical or moral problem with Cloned milk and meats, to contact their elected officials, and tell them to have the FDA require Labels.





David Phillips is a Vietnam Era Veteran, a Democratic Party Activist, and David is also the Publisher and Editor of the online political magazine YodasWorld.org

E-Mail Questions or Comments: oneyoda@aol.com



You can also read David’s weekly column in the Santa Ynez Valley Journal or you can go to their web site: www.Syvjournal.com



FDA Expected To Declare Cloned Meat And Milk Safe
By staff reporter
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare that meat and milk from cloned animals safe to enter the American food supply, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The announcement of an amendment to the Farm Bill (H.R. 2419) at the end of last year suggested that approval for cloned food was far away. Moreover, the FDA had previously asked cloned animal producers not to sell animals until it announces the results of its ruling on safety, said the Journal.

But an unnamed source indicated to the Wall Street Journal that the FDA is set to declare the meat and dairy of the animals safe as early as next week.

FDA in December issued its assessment of the available scientific evidence surrounding cloning, which concluded that there were no additional safety risks posed by the technology when compared to other assisted reproductive technologies currently in use in US agriculture.

However, Senators Barbara Mikulski and Arlen Specter proposed amendment 3524 to address concerns that the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) risk assessment of the controversial technology was flawed.

Furthermore, the Center for Food Safety (CFS), a non-profit science-based public interest group, released a review of the FDA's risk assessment agreeing with the senators, stating that FDA's assessment was based on "flawed assumptions and misrepresented findings", and claimed that FDA found virtually no scientific evidence to support the commercial release of these experimental foods. 

"Animal cloning is a new technology with potentially severe risks for food safety. Defects in clones are common, and cloning scientists warn that even small imbalances in clones could lead to hidden food safety problems in clones' milk or meat. There are few studies on the risks of food from clones, and no long-term food safety studies have been done," the group states on its website.

Despite new noises indicating an imminent safety green light, it could be between three and five years before meat and milk from cloned animals reaches the shelves and consumers' mouths, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is because of the costs involved in producing a cloned animal - reported to be between $15,000 and $20,000 per animal.

Results of a consumer survey in July 2007 showed that 50 percent of American consumers have an unfavorable view of cloning, while 28 percent remain neutral. The national survey, commissioned by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), reported that only 22 percent of the 1,000 people interviewed viewed animal cloning in a favorable light.

However, the survey did find that if FDA determined that foods from cloned animals are safe, 46 percent of consumers would view the technology favorably, with 49 percent saying they would likely purchase such products if safety determinations were offered.


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November 16, 2007

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Approximately $2 Million of Potentially Harmful "Cosmetic" Eye Product Seized
Product contains drug ingredient, makes unapproved drug claims, could damage eye

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized today 12,682 applicator tubes of Age Intervention Eyelash, a product that may, in some users, lead to decreased vision. Authorities said the sales value of the seized tubes is approximately $2 million.

Age Intervention Eyelash is sold and distributed by Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., of San Jose, Calif.

The FDA considers Age Intervention Eyelash to be an unapproved and misbranded drug because Jan Marini Skin Research has promoted the product to increase eyelash growth. Before a new drug product may be legally marketed, it must be shown to be safe and effective, and approved by FDA. The agency takes seriously its responsibility to protect Americans from unapproved drugs.

FDA also considers the seized Age Intervention Eyelash to be an adulterated cosmetic. The product contains bimatoprost, an active ingredient in an FDA-approved drug to treat elevated intraocular pressure (elevated pressure inside the eye).

For patients using the prescription drug, using the Age Intervention Eyelash in addition to the drug may increase the risk of optic nerve damage because the extra dose of bimatoprost may decrease the prescription drug's effectiveness. Damage to the optic nerve may lead to decreased vision and possibly blindness.

In addition, use of Age Intervention Eyelash may cause other adverse effects in certain people due to the bimatoprost, including macular edema (swelling of the retina) and uveitis (inflammation in the eye), which may lead to decreased vision.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California filed the complaint requesting the seizure, and coordinated with the FDA. The California Department of Public Health‘s Food and Drug Branch had previously embargoed the seized products at the San Jose facility. Jan Marini Skin Research has notified FDA that the company ceased manufacturing and shipping any Age Intervention Eyelash product containing bimatoprost last year.

The FDA recommends that consumers, dermatologists, and estheticians who may still have Age Intervention Eyelash discontinue using it and discard any remaining product. FDA also recommends that consumers consult their health care provider if they have experienced any adverse events that they suspect are related to the product's use.



January 31, 2008

FDA Alerts Health Care Providers to Risk of Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior with Antiepileptic Medications

California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Eat Olivier Brand Parmesan & Asiago Dip With Garlic & Basil

January 30, 2008

Consumer Warning: Contaminated Cheese

January 29, 2008

Nationwide Recall of NuCel Labs Eye Drops and Eye/Ear Wash Products

January 28, 2008

Shiloh Farms Recalls "Shiloh Farms Organic Unhulled Sesame Seeds" Because of Possible Health Risk

January 25, 2008

Domega International Ltd., Inc. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Zebra Brand Sweetened Lotus Root Seed and Zebra Brand Sweetened Coconut

FDA Warns Public of Contaminated Syringes

Baxter Issues Urgent Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Heparin 1,000 Units/ml 10 and 30ml Multi-Dose Vials

January 23, 2008

Seoul Shik Poom, Inc. Recalls Frozen Salted Yellow Croaker and/or Frozen Dried Yellow Croaker Because of Possible Health Risk

January 22, 2008

Harry and David Issues Nationwide Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts and Other Nuts in Harry and David Giant Cashews

January 21, 2008

Deli Chef Tri-Bean Salad Recalled From Some Kroger Stores

January 18, 2008

B. Braun's Supplier Prompts Voluntary Recall of All Lots and All Sizes of Pre-Filled Heparin and Normal Saline Flush Syringes

AM2 PAT, Inc. Issues Nationwide Recall of All Lots and All Sizes of Pre-Filled Heparin and Normal Saline Flushes

L’Oréal Initiates Nationwide Recall of L’Oréal Paris Dream Blonde Bleach and Lightening Care Kit Due to Misprinted Directions

FDA Warns Public of Possible Botulism Risk

New Era Canning Company Announces New Nationwide Recall of Green Beans and Garbanzo Beans in #10 cans (6 to 7 pound cans)

January 17, 2008

FDA Releases Recommendations Regarding Use of Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Products

January 16, 2008

Safety Information: Edetate Disodium (marketed as Endrate and generic products)

Raja Foods Issues Nationwide Recall on SWAD BRAND ABIL, GULAL, KANKU, KUM KUM, LAGAN SAMAGRI, AND POOJA SAMAGRI Containing High Levels of Lead

January 9, 2008

FDA Takes Action Against Compounded Menopause Hormone Therapy Drugs

January 8, 2008

New Era Canning Company Announces New Recall of Certain Lots of Mexican-style Chili Beans, Green Beans and Dark Red Kidney Beans Because of Possible Health Risk

January 7, 2008

Safety Information about Bisphosphonates (marketed as Actonel, Actonel+Ca, Aredia, Boniva, Didronel, Fosamax, Fosamax+D, Reclast, Skelid, and Zometa)

January 3, 2008

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Milk in SNGNE Brand Fruit Flavour Chews

December 31, 2007

Weis Markets Announces Voluntary Recall of Weis Baker’s Basket 18 Ct Fruit Miniatures and 2 lb Platters of Mini-Fruit Diamonds Due to Undeclared Allergen (Walnuts)

December 29, 2007

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Eat Raw Oysters Harvested from the West Karako Bay Section of Growing Area 3 in Louisiana

December 28, 2007

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Super Shangai, Strong Testis, Shangai Ultra, Shangai Ultra X, Lady Shangai, and Shangai Regular (also known as Shangai Chaojimengnan)

December 21, 2007

Whole Foods Market Expands Allergy Alert on 365 Organic Everyday Value Swiss Chocolate Bars to All Varieties and Lots

New Era Canning Company Recalls Canned GFS Fancy Blue Lake Cut Green Beans Because of Possible Health Risk

Public Health Advisory: Fentanyl Transdermal System (marketed as Duragesic and generics)

December 20, 2007

Cardinal Health Statement on Alaris Pump Module Worldwide Voluntary Recall

AM2 PAT, Inc. Issues Nationwide Recall of Pre-Filled Heparin Lock Flush Solution USP (5 mL in 12 mL Syringes)

December 19, 2007

Royal Seafood Baza Inc. Recalls Dried Roach (Fish) Due to Possible Health Risk

Top Line Specialty Produce Recalls "Green Paradise" Basil Because of Possible Health Risk

December 18, 2007

FDA Mandates New Warning for Nonoxynol 9 OTC Contraceptive Products

December 15, 2007

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Swad Brand Sindoor: Product Contains High Levels of Lead

December 14, 2007

Whole Foods Market Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Tree Nuts in 365 Organic Everyday Value Swiss Milk Chocolate Bar With Rice Crisps

December 13, 2007

Merck Recalls Certain Lots of Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) Vaccine

December 12, 2007

Wegmans Announces Voluntary Recall of 8 oz. Wegmans Bouillabaisse Seafood Sauce

Cedarlane Natural Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Casein in Cedarlane Low Fat Bean Rice and Cheese style Burritos

Kadouri International Foods Inc. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in "King Brand Dried Turkish Apricots"

Domega International Ltd., Inc Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in "King Chief Brand Dried Kudzu"

FDA Public Health Notification: Patient Burns from Electric Dental Handpieces

Drug Safety Information: Carbamazepine (marketed as Carbatrol, Equetro, Tegretol and generics)

December 11, 2007

FDA Public Health Notification: Deaths reported following Radio Frequency Ablation of Lung Tumors

December 10, 2007

Back to Nature Foods Company Recalls Ginger Rice Thins Crackers

Frito-Lay Issues Voluntary Recall of 1.5 oz. Bags of Lay’s Classic Potato Chips in North Texas Due to Undeclared Milk

December 7, 2007

Harry & David Recalls Harry & David Bake Shop Cookie Mixes in Three Flavors: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cranberry Vanilla Chip for Undeclared Nut, Milk and/or Sulfite Allergens

Trader Joe's Company Voluntarily Recalls 12 oz. Pinjur

Wegmans Announces Voluntary Recall of 14 oz. Wegmans Wreath Kuchen

December 6, 2007

Listeria Contamination in Queso Fresco, Fresh Cheese

December 5, 2007

California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Drink Metromint Flavored Water

December 4, 2007

San Antonio Company Recalling Mexican Candy

Soma Beverage Recalls Metromint Flavor Water

Prosperity Resources Intl. Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites In "Golden Flower Brand Dried Lily Bulb"

Safety Information: Desmopressin Acetate (marketed as DDAVP Nasal Spray, DDAVP Rhinal Tube, DDAVP, DDVP, Minirin, and Stimate Nasal Spray)

Safety Informaiton: Vail Products Enclosed Bed Systems

December 3, 2007

Stop & Shop Updates Cookie Tray Recall

Blooming Import Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in "Golden Lion Brand Dried Hylocereus Undatus Brltt (Dried Natural Herb)"



November 16, 2007

Approximately $2 Million of Potentially Harmful "Cosmetic" Eye Product Seized

November 13, 2007

Coffee Masters, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Allergens in Chipper Gourmet Foods Biscotti

November 12, 2007

Del Rey Tortilleria, Inc. Issues Recall of Flour Tortillas Due to Possible Health Risk

November 9, 2007

Napastyle Recalls Romano Pitchers and Tumblers Because of Possible Health Risk

November 8, 2007

FDA Strengthens Boxed Warnings, Approves Other Safety Labeling Changes for Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs)

Kroger Light Caesar Salad Dressing Is Being Recalled

November 5, 2007

FDA Requests Marketing Suspension of Trasylol

November 2, 2007

FDA Requests Recall of 'True Man Sexual Energy,' 'Energy Max' Dietary Supplements

The Hartz Mountain Corporation Recalls Vitamin Care for Cats Because of Possible Health Risk

Welch Allyn AED 10 Automatic External Defibrillators Recall

October 31, 2007

Public Health Notification from FDA, CDC, EPA and OSHA Avoiding Hazards with Using Cleaners and Disinfectants on Electronic Medical Equipment

October 30, 2007

The Dutch Kettle Issues an Allergy Alert on Undeclared Fish Protein (Anchovy) in Hickory Barbecue Sauce Packed Under Various Private Labels

October 29, 2007

House of Thaller, Inc. Recalls Smoked Salmon Dip Because of Possible Health Risk

October 26, 2007

FDA Issues Early Communication About an Ongoing Safety Review of Aprotinin Injection

October 25, 2007

Bell's Fishery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg, Soy and Milk products in Bell’s Whitefish Pate

A&M Cookie Company Canada Recalls a Small Number of Presidents Choice Chocolate Chunk Brownie Cookie Packages (October 25, 2007)

October 18, 2007

FDA Announces Revisions to Labels for Cialis, Levitra and Viagra

October 17, 2007

Shain's of Maine Ice Cream Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Kahlua Brownie and Double Fudge Brownie

October 16, 2007

Drug Safety Information: Byetta (exenatide)

October 15, 2007

Statement on Medtronic's Voluntary Market Suspension of Their Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Leads

Lochmead Dairy Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almonds in Lochmead Farms Country Fresh Chocolate Premium Ice Cream

October 12, 2007

Approximately $71,000 of Dietary Supplements Seized at FDA Request

Drug Safety Information: Micro-bubble Contrast Agents (marketed as Definity (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) Injectable Suspension and Optison (Perflutren Protein-Type A Microspheres for Injection)

Dairy State Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Macadamia Nuts in Packages of Minnie’s Bake Shop Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Listeria Contamination in Queso Fresco, Fresh White Cheese

October 10, 2007

Vintage Chocolates Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Traces in Soy Milk Chocolate Bars

Safety Information: Cochlear Implants

October 5, 2007

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Mislabeled Prestige Chocolate Ice Cream

Wegmans Announces Voluntary Recall of 18 oz. (6-roll pack) Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Country Wheat Rolls

October 4, 2007

Campbell Voluntarily Recalls Campbell’s Chunky Baked Potato With Cheddar & Bacon Bits

October 3, 2007

Kraft Foods Recalls Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares Because of Possible Health Risk

October 2, 2007

Jensen's Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc. Recalls Jensen's Seattle Style Wild Smoked Salmon Spread Lemon Dill and Onion, Because of Possible Health Risk

October 1, 2007

Quong Hop & Co. Expands Recall of Tofu

Early Communication of an Ongoing Safety Review: Bisphosphonates: Alendronate (Fosamax, Fosamax Plus D), Etidronate (Didronel), Ibandronate (Boniva), Pamidronate (Aredia), Risedronate (Actonel, Actonel W/Calcium), Tiludronate (Skelid), and Zoledronic acid (Reclast, Zometa)

October 2007

Drug Safety Information: CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil)

September 2007

Drug Safety Information: Provigil (modafinil) Tablets

September 28, 2007

Sabanero Inc. Recalls Cheese for Frying and Grating

Updated Safety Information on Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): marketed as Magnevist, MultiHance, Omniscan, OptiMARK, ProHance

September 27, 2007

Updated Recall Information on Baxa Corporation Exacta-Mix 2400 Operating Software Version 1.07 Pharmacy Compound System

September 26, 2007

FDA Warns of Potential Serious Side Effects with Breakthrough Cancer Pain Drug

Strong America Limited issues alert on undeclared sulfites in Goldensmell brand Dried Fungus

September 24, 2007

Department of Consumer Protection Removes Baby’s Bliss Gripe Water From Connecticut Stores Following Voluntary Recall

September 21, 2007

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Consume "Organic Pastures Raw Cream"

September 20, 2007

FDA Warns Consumers about the Risk of Cryptosporidium Illness from Baby's Bliss Gripe Water

Private Selection® Ice Cream Recalled From Ralphs and Food 4 Less Stores in California

September 19, 2007

Bravo! Issues Nationwide Recall of Select Poultry Products for Dogs and Cats

Quong Hop and Co. Expands Recall of Tofu

Quong Hop & Co. Recalls Tofu Because of Possible Health Risk

September 18, 2007

Updated Recall Information on MRL/Welch Allyn AED 20 Automatic External Defibrillators

FDA Warns Procter & Gamble about Unlawful Marketing of Product for School Children

MCP Recalls All "Queso Cincho de Guerrero" Produced by "Quesos Sabrosos Mexicanos" Distributed Between April 16 - June 26 Because of Possible Health Risk

September 17, 2007

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Voluntary Recall of 'Dole Hearts Delight' Packaged Salads

Drug Safety Information: Haloperidol (marketed as Haldol, Haldol decanoate, and Haldol lactate)

September 14, 2007

B. Braun Medical Inc. Issues Nationwide Recall of Normal Saline Flush Syringes with Lot Numbers Ending in "SFR"

September 12, 2007

Harry & David Recalls Harry and David Hearthside Soups, Southwestern Chicken Chili Mix for an Undeclared Milk Ingredient

TWC Global LLC, Inc. Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Axcil and Desirin Products Marketed as Dietary Supplements

September 11, 2007

Drug Safety Information: Rocephin (ceftriaxone sodium) for Injection

September 10, 2007

Drug Safety Information: Viracept (nelfinavir mesylate)

Drug Safety Information: Fentora (fentanyl buccal tablet)

Strong America Limited Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Great Wall Brand Chinese Wolfberry

September 7, 2007

Jensen's Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc. Recalls Jensen's Seattle Style Wild Smoked Salmon Spread Lemon Dill and Onion, and PCC brand Smoked Salmon Spread Because of Possible Health Risk

Listeria Detected in Organic Pastures Raw Cream

September 5, 2007

FDA Issues Warning Letter to Melanocorp, Inc. For Illegal Sale of Melanotan II

August 31, 2007

Bodee LLC, Inc. Issues A Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Zencore Tabs, a Product Marketed as a Dietary Supplement

Urgent: Abbott Notifies Users of Precision Xtra™, Optium™, ReliOn® Ultima, Rite Aid® and Kroger® Blood Glucose Meters to Check Display Screens

August 30, 2007

Stirrings LLC Participates in Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Rimmer® Brand Mojito Cocktail Garnish Due to Possible Health Risk from Contaminated Raw Ingredient Supplied by Van de Vries Spice Corporation

August 29, 2007

Everlasting Distributors, Inc. Recalls Blue Ocean Smoked Indian Sardine Tamban Because of Possible Health Risk

August 28, 2007

Metz Fresh Announces Voluntary Recall of Spinach

August 27, 2007

Bella Cucina Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts in Death by Chocolate Cookies

August 25, 2007

Mars Petcare US, Inc. Recalls Dry Dog Food

American Pie Recalls Marie Callender Turtle Pies Because of a Possible Health Risk


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