Category Archives: FDA

New FDA guidance on antibiotic (antimicrobial) use in cows, pigs, and chickens

Human antibiotic resistance has been on the radar for several years, but did you know that antibiotic-resistant infections kill 23,000 people in the U.S. and make another 2 million sick each year?  Some of this resistance has come from medical … Continue reading

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NPR Story on the Difference of Opinion on FDA’s Proposed Rule on Raw Manure

A recent NPR story discussed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s proposed rule on raw manure, highlighting the difference of opinion on the subject between FDA and organic farmers. Many organic farmers rely on manure to fertilize their farms … Continue reading

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FDA Issues Statement about Arsenic in Rice

On September 6, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement after testing over 1,300 rice products for the presence of arsenic. The tests follow research indicating that rice products contained unsafe levels of arsenic. Arsenic is naturally present … Continue reading

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Seafood: What Don’t We See?

Many people would agree that regularly eating fish is a recipe for a good diet. Such a diet has proven health benefits. For example, eating fatty fish like salmon provides omega-3 fatty acids, which is linked to reducing the risk … Continue reading

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Creating the Crave

The Trinity of Addiction and its Environmental Health impacts A recent article in the New York Times Magazine spoke mainly to the public health problem of processed food and obesity, but also contained an undercurrent about environmental health and how … Continue reading

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Antibiotics and Agriculture

FDA Draft Guidance #213 proposes voluntary guidelines to reduce the use of antibiotics in farm animals raised for food.  It specifically recommends that drug companies remove indications (instructions) for using antibiotics for growth promotion.  Manufacturers have 3 months to notify … Continue reading

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New Study on BPA Suggests Links to Impaired Brain Development

Researchers from Duke Medical School published a study last week (February 25, 2013) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, concluding that bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly used in plastics and resins, may suppress a gene critical … Continue reading

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Sunshine in a Pill: Shedding Light on the Regulation of Vitamin D

Outside the window of our farmhouse, the sun shines brilliantly on the snowscape.  Inside, I am reading MASTERMIND, a New York Times Bestseller recently published by my former high school classmate and friend, Maria Konnikova.  In the book, Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading

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