Public health advocates criticize FDA for not stopping meat industry’s rampant antibiotic use

The FDA’s call to the livestock industry to voluntarily limit its routine use of antibiotics is tantamount to taking no action, say critics of the FDA’s plan, announced Wednesday.
The agency “is pretending to act while barely acting at all,” said Avinash Kar, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, who was among several public health advocates who scoffed at the idea that pharmaceutical and livestock companies would change their ways in response to government advice that carries no penalties.

Peanut butter snack recalls expand

By Barbara Kessler Green Right Now Food companies producing peanut snacks announced a series of voluntary recalls of their products over the weekend in the wake of a salmonella outbreak that has apparently sickened hundreds and may have contributed to six deaths over...

Health fears about BPA plastic spread with Canada pushing for a ban

By Barbara Kessler

Bisphenol A, the controversial component found in plastic baby bottles, took another image hit last week when the Canadian government announced it would be drafting regulations to ban the sale or importing of bottles containing the chemical.

Canadian Minister of Health Tony Clement called the step a milestone for Canada, which he said would be the first country to take regulatory action against the chemical. BPA is commonly found in polycarbonate or clear, hard plastics and can usually be identified by the number seven stamped within the recycling triangle on the bottom of containers.