3:42 PM, Aug 26, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Marina Koren at Government Executive writes that the Food & Drug Administration recently “sent a warning letter to the makers of Just Mayo, a vegan mayonnaise spread."
The FDA is concerned that the company may be deceiving buyers who believe they are buying mayonnaise when, in fact, Just Mayo is nothing of the sort. Why, it contains no eggs!
According to the standard of identity for mayonnaise, egg is a required ingredient (21 CFR 169.140(c)); however, based on the ingredient information on the labels, these products do not contain eggs. We also note that these products contain additional ingredients that are not permitted by the standard, such as modified food starch, pea protein, and beta-carotene, which may be used to impart color simulating egg yolk. Therefore, these products do not conform to the standard for mayonnaise.
The company that produces Just Mayo, Hampton Creek, now has “15 days to respond to the food safety agency’s memo.”
Fifteen days. Took a little longer than that, didn’t it, for the IRS to produce the Lois Lerner e-mails?
The case for leaving cigarette flavorings alone.Jul 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42 • By ELI LEHRER
From Brussels to Chicago to the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration in White Oak, Maryland, public health officials, antismoking crusaders, and mayors are waging a battle against flavorings for both tobacco cigarettes and newer e-cigarettes.
Jul 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
In all the hubbub around the Supreme Court’s big end-of-session rulings on same-sex marriage and Obamacare, some high-level banana-republicanism was overlooked. The FDA has given American food manufacturers three years to get the “trans fat” out of their food. Trans fat, as you may know, is a type of fat that’s partially hydrogenated—reacted with hydrogen—to discourage its melting at room temperature.
1:27 PM, Dec 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The FDA will seek to change the ban on gay men's blood, so long as the donor hasn't had sexual contact in the last year.
7:04 AM, Dec 1, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently solicited quotes from contractors to recruit minors ages sixteen and seventeen to purchase "regulated tobacco products" on the Internet. The purchase attempts must be made from a facility located in Virginia and shipped to a P.O. Box provided by the FDA for purposes of this probe. The FDA is careful to note that the contractor must "debrief minors on the dangers of tobacco use" and that the minors "[agree] NOT to attempt to purchase tobacco products" outside of the FDA investigation.
What the FDA should learn from Ebola. Dec 1, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 12 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
In the froth and frenzy surrounding Ebola reaching America, a surprisingly unprepared Department of Health and Human Services, particularly the Centers for Disease Control, largely failed to rise to the challenge. The FDA contributed to, and continues to contribute to, that lack of preparedness. Both HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell and President Obama’s Ebola “response coordinator” Ron Klain need to intervene.
On catfish, farmed and wild.Aug 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
There isn’t much left in life that is unregulated and without some degree of government supervision or protection. You get used to it, I suppose. And, anyway, you don’t have much choice. But you do need to pay attention because nothing is off limits.
12:12 PM, Jul 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If you like going out in the sun or, perhaps, must do so because of your work and you don’t want to get burned, there is good news. Of a sort.
8:14 AM, Apr 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
Politics at its best brings people and groups together in unexpected ways. Although the Reagan administration responded sluggishly to the emergence of HIV in the 1980s, its last FDA commissioner, Frank Young, reached out to the very HIV activists who had for years made life miserable for him and other HHS officials.
2:05 PM, Mar 21, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
The Food and Drug Administration is soliciting information and comment on brochure technology it's exploring as part of its mandate to implement the Tobacco Control Act, a law signed by President Obama during his first year in office.
8:25 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama wants to make changes to the Nutrition Facts label. It is all "part of an effort to help families make healthier choices," according to the White House.
8:29 AM, Jan 3, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Food and Drug Administration is seeking a small business to potentially supply the federal agency with a chewing gum tester. Despite the frivolous sounding nature of the announcement, the search is a serious one, and apparently a growing need.
Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
It’s difficult to think of a company doing anything as gee-whiz neat as 23andMe. The Mountain View, Calif., firm, which opened its doors to the public in 2007, provides comprehensive genetic tests to anybody with $99 to spend. Customers send in a saliva sample and about six weeks later get access to a detailed website explaining their unique genetic code along with an opportunity to connect with (usually distant) relatives who have also done business with 23andMe.
The irrational hostility to e-cigarettes.Aug 5, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 44 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Smokeless, odorless, and, indeed, tobacco-less, electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigarettes,” in common parlance, are projected to become a $1 billion industry this year. Yes, that’s “electronic” cigarettes: battery-powered gadgets that convert liquid nicotine into vapor, which the user inhales. The act is known—unfortunately, if accurately—as “vaping.” (It’s important to note that one doesn’t smoke an e-cigarette.) Some e-cigs are made to closely resemble actual cigarettes—they have the same shape and color and even an LED light at the end, designed to simulate a lit butt.