The federal government has a new tool in identifying food safety problems. Food makers will be required to alert the Food and Drug Administration of potentially contaminated products within 24 hours.
The FDA unveiled a new electronic database in which manufacturers must notify the government if one of their products is likely to cause sickness or death in people or animals.
Regulators say the database will help the FDA prevent widespread illness from contaminated products and direct inspectors to plants that pose a greater safety concern.
The law creating the database was passed in 2007. Since then, the FDA has struggled to manage a spate of food-safety recalls, including national outbreaks of salmonella linked to peppers and peanut butter.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.