Food and Drug Administration

New food warnings on sugar and calories

New food warnings on sugar and calories

Those “Nutrition Facts” labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look. Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether foods have added sugars under label changes being proposed by the Obama administration. Serving sizes would be updated […]

New rules for safe baby formulas

New rules for safe baby formulas

After nearly two decades of study, the Food and Drug Administration announced rules Thursday designed to make sure that infant formula is safe and nutritious. Most formula makers already abide by the practices, but the FDA now will have rules on the books that ensure formula manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other pathogens […]

Judge rules Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

Judge rules Texas abortion limits unconstitutional

A federal judge has determined that new Texas abortion restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution, a ruling that keeps open — at least for now — dozens of abortion clinics that were set to halt operations Tuesday had key parts of the law taken effect. In a decision released Monday that the state is certain to […]

Women’s groups cry ‘foul’ over Obama appeal of morning after pill ruling

Women’s groups cry ‘foul’ over Obama appeal of morning after pill ruling

The Obama administration’s decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women’s health. “We are profoundly disappointed. This appeal takes away the promise of all women having […]

Obama faces choices in morning-after pill debate

Obama faces choices in morning-after pill debate

President Barack Obama supports requiring girls younger than 17 to see a doctor before buying the morning-after pill. But fighting that battle in court comes with its own set of risks. A federal judge in New York on Friday ordered the Food and Drug Administration to lift age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception […]

FDA claims moves will make food safer

FDA claims moves will make food safer

The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The rules, the most sweeping food safety guidelines in decades, would require farmers to take new precautions against contamination, to include […]

Congress expands probe into meningitis outbreak

Congress expands probe into meningitis outbreak

Lawmakers on Friday widened their investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role state regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments blamed for killing 14 people in six states. The U.S. House of Representatives‘ Energy and Commerce Committee called on the Massachusetts pharmacy board to tell congressional staff what it […]

Anybody seen $8 million in missing CDC equipment?

Anybody seen $8 million in missing CDC equipment?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lost or misplaced more than $8 million in property in 2007, losing track of items including computer and video equipment, government auditors say. Agency officials said Wednesday they have corrected the lapses that led to that amount of waste. The report was released this week by the […]