Food and Drug Administration

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2014

    Put Down That Cinnabon: FDA Will Require All Chains to Post Calorie Information

    Does flipping the Pringles can to the nutritional information side make you place it back on the shelf, despite the siren song of pure pleasure that is Exxxxtreme Buffalo Chicken? What about the mocha-choca latte from the coffee chain. Maybe just a small light roast instead? Think an extra seven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    DFL bill would nullify Hobby Lobby ruling in MN, force employers to offer contraception

    During a news conference yesterday, House Majority Leader Erin Murphy (D-St. Paul), introduced a bill that would essentially nullify the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling in Minnesota and force employers to offer contraceptive coverage to their employees.Reached for comment later ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Minnesota medical cannabis patients could pay up to $1,000 a month out of pocket

    Barring U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for marijuana treatments between now and next summer, Minnesota medical cannabis patients will have to pay entirely out of pocket for their medicine, Manny Munson-Regala, the state employee tasked with overseeing the rollout of the program, tells us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Minnesota becomes first state to ban triclosan, controversial ingredient in antibacterial soaps

    Tucked into an environment bill signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday was a measure banning triclosan, a controversial antibacterial agent found in a wide array of consumer products.Minnesota is the first state to ban triclosan, which is currently being reviewed by the Food and Drug Administ ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    April 23, 2014

    Culinary adventures with strange foods in the Twin Cities

    We bite into uncharted territory from testicles to urchins

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Minnesota's camel milk black market

    It felt like a drug deal. "Stay in the car. I'll be right back." We were sitting in the back of a limousine, our fingers crossed that this would be our last stop. It had been three days, and we hadn't seen a trace of the elusive substance. "Turn the music up. What CD is he playing?" We nodded our ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 24, 2013

    The Monsanto menace takes over

    The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Eric Kaler backs up U of M professor against stem cell company

    ​About a week and a half after lawyers for an adult stem-cell company demanded that U of M President Eric Kaler do something to shut up one of his associate professors, the company has its answer. "Professor [Leigh] Turner's February 21, 2012, letter to the FDA," the reply says, "is fully covered ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2011

    Levaquin causes tendon rupture

    Was it too lucrative for its makers to warn patients?

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Carl Elliott attacks FDA investigation of Dan Markingson suicide

    Courtesy Carl Elliott.Elliott calls the FDA's report a white wash.​Carl Elliott, a University of Minnesota bioethics professor, is attacking the findings of a Federal Drug Administration investigation that cleared the college of any wrongdoing in the 2004 suicide of Dan Markingson, a patient e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    "Eat your goddamn vegetables"

    ABCJamie Oliver encourages kids to be friends with vegetables​If one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat more vegetables, congratulations on making such an important decision. Your committment can improve your health and help you lose weight. Still, changing eating habits can be difficu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2010

    Biggest Food Stories of 2010: a local take on the Atlantic list

    Bacon--pictured here, chicken fried--is as big as ever this year!​When The Atlantic published its list of the Top 10 Biggest Food Stories of 2010, the Hot Dish couldn't help but chime in with our local take on each topic: 10. The Meat Trend From charcuterie plates to dry-aged steaks, both bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Four Loko banned in New York

    "Blackout in a can" gets banned.​Following on the footsteps of regulators in Michigan, Oklahoma, and Washington, the New York State Liquor Authority has banned the sale and distribution of alcoholic energy drinks, like Four Loko and Joose, as of November 19 (Utah's state-run alcoholic beverage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Top 10 Foods that Kill

    ​In the last two months, eight people have been sickened by drinking raw milk tainted with the E. coli bacteria, which was traced to a farm in Gibbon, Minnesota. It's been known for some time that anyone who drinks raw milk is essentially playing craps with their health--that's why they invent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Got raw milk? State cracks down on sellers after four buyers get sick

    ​The Strib reports that four people got sick from unpasteurized milk tainted with E. coli and that the Mn Dept of Ag will likely crack down on illegal raw milk sales. State epidemiologist Richard Danilla and staff traced the milk that made three people sick to Hartmann dairy farm near Gibbon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Scott Dibble's Tic Tac Tobacco Act signed into law

    Screengrab via YouTubeMelts in your mouth, not in your hand​The Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act of 2010, sometimes called the Tic Tac Tobacco Act, has been signed into law by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. It got its nickname because some of the products it seeks to control are really just cand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Whipahol: a marriage of alcohol and whipped cream

    ​Alcohol, nitrous oxide, and whip cream sounds like the grocery list for a suburban high school party. But to the genius folks at Whipped Lightning, it's the makings of "the world's first alcohol-infused whip cream." That's Whipahol to you, buddy.

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Beehive Botanicals accused off selling bogus cure-alls

    ​Beehive Botanicals, in Hayward, Wis., claimed on one of its Web sites that its bee-derived products could diagnose, cure, and prevent diseases such as asthma, dermatitis and ulcers. Bullshit, said the Food and Drug Administration. Either the products were drugs, in which case they fall unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Prevention names seven most toxic, chemical-laden foods

    Scientists and other experts name foods they avoid like the plague.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Cookie dough new cause for concern

    Stoners and small children beware: Raw cookie dough sickens dozens across the U.S.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Minnesota congressman comes down on on FDA

    Food safety could be managed better by FDA than USDA says Minnesota congressman.

  • News

    February 11, 2009

    U of M expert says peanut butter recall has gone nutty

    Blotter highlights all the weird news that's fit to print

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Peanut butter recall has 'gone overboard,' Osterholm says

    Osterholm told City Pages that the recall has gone too far and thus affected many Americans who weren't at risk in the first place.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Peanut butter recall hits consumers

    If you eat any products containing peanuts, stay updated on the growing list of recalled items that could make you sick.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Tomorrow is National Peanut Butter Day

    PB-thumb.jpgNutter Butters appear to have been spared from the salmonella scare of 2009. R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Bugs in your food

    cochneal thumbnail.jpgThe FDA is finally requiring food manufacturers to ... More >>

  • News

    July 23, 2008

    Minnesota helps solve salmonella mystery

    State agriculture department traces strain that sickened 1,251 to jalapeños from Texas

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008
  • News

    August 1, 2007

    Strip Tease

    Nudie-bar magnate denies U of M's come-hither fundraising

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2007

    3/2 Morning Communiqué

    Kansas State tries to curb chicken throwing, Aussie cardinal imposes time limit on eulogies, FDA approves carsick meds for dogs, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2007
  • News

    August 23, 2006

    Let's Not Talk About Sex

    A newly approved vaccine could prevent a widespread precancerous STD. But will anyone use it?

  • News

    May 10, 2006

    The Heart of the Matter

    If there were a problem with a life-saving medical device implanted in your heart, someone would tell you, right? Tom Hatch thought so. He was wrong.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2005

    Nightstand Confessional

    In honor of this week's A Pill is Not Enough

    Psychologist Michael Browne on the failures of antidepressants

  • News

    October 8, 2003

    Just Say Eh?

    Republicans learn to love imported Canadian drugs

  • News

    October 16, 2002

    Paxil is Forever

    doctor please, some more of these

  • News

    June 27, 2001

    No Choice

    Dr. Mildred Hanson is one of the few Minnesota physicians who hasn't been bullied out of performing abortions. At 77, she's more afraid of what will happen when she retires.

  • Restaurants

    January 3, 2001
  • Feature

    March 1, 1999

    Too Much of a Good Thing?

    Parents, pediatricians, and the growing threat of childhood antibiotic resistance

  • Feature

    June 1, 1998

    No Place to Hide

    Plastics-related toxic chemicals are finding their way into everything--including baby milk

  • News

    April 8, 1998

    Seeing Red

    A local teen finds himself up against a federal rule that permanently bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

  • News

    March 18, 1998

    A Dose of Reality

    After years of gathering dust on drugstore shelves, the female condom may finally be on its way to finding acceptance among gay men and Third World women.

  • News

    February 25, 1998

    Let Them Eat Shit

    Minnesota beef producers can begin using radiation to kill bacteria and extend the shelf life of everything from hamburger to filet mignon. But a number of scientists, scrappy idealists, and small farmers still say it's not a good idea.

  • News

    July 23, 1997

    Drug Pushing

    Usually known as a consumer advocate, Sen. Paul Wellstone is backing a bill that would lower standards and ease safety measures on manufacturers of drugs and medical devices.

  • News

    February 26, 1997
  • News

    December 18, 1996

    Friendly Fire

    Gulf War Syndrome and How It All Began

  • News

    October 16, 1996


    A new generation of AIDS drugs called protease inhibitors is having dramatic effects--perhaps even pointing to the day when AIDS will be a manageable chronic disease like diabetes. But for a lot of people who had readied themselves to die,

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    July 24, 1996
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    July 3, 1996
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