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Johnson & Johnson gets it wrong

Just because a company got it right once doesn’t mean they’ll get it right all the time. Back in the day, one of the great crisis management success stories was was Johnson & Johnson’s handling of a case where someone intentionally introduced cynanide into on the shelf bottles of Tylenol in the fall of 1982…

The monster in the rawbar

If you eat raw shellfish you are asking for trouble. I know, I know. There are people who love rawbars and think nothing is better than letting a raw oyster slide down their gullet. The FDA is warning consumers and retailers nationwide, though, that they might love nothing less that what could happen if they…

Hand sanitizer just right for doctors

I had to laugh when I saw FDA was warning consumers in Puerto Rico that some hand sanitizers had high levels of bacteria (Burkholderia cepacia) that can cause serious infections. It’s not really funny of course, except that one of the hand sanitizers was called ?MD Quality Hand Sanitizer? (the other one was “Bee-Shield Hand…

Salmonella, food safety and potato chips

When last we visited the US food safety system during the Bush administration it was busy serving up peanut butter with a side of Salmonella. That one caused over 4 thousand product recalls, 700 Salmonella cases and at least 9 deaths. Now it’s Salmonella serovar Tennessee in hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), a common flavor enhancer…

BPA cardiovascular findings replicated

It’s been over a year since we discussed the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article on bisphenol-A (BPA), a high volume chemical used in plastic components of food and drinks packaging and found in 90% of all Americans screened for the chemical. It is also a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system, a…

Flu vaccine safety

Any concerns about the current swine flu vaccine inevitably bring up the swine flu episode of 1976. This is not 1976. For starters, this year we have a bona fide pandemic and in 1976 the virus never got out of Fort Dix, NJ. That in itself is a game changer. If there are any risks…

The National Pork Producers Council didn’t like swine flu being called swine flu. Bad for business. So we now call it 2009 H1N1 or some such thing. It’s totally swine-origin, but hey, if Lord Agribusiness doesn’t like it, that’s that. Same thing with antibiotic resistant bacteria, like methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (“MRSA”; best source on…

If you smell, here’s a remedy

If you don’t want to smell, the FDA has a recommendation: use an over-the-counter cold remedy that contains an intranasal zinc solution. You won’t smell. Possibly ever again:

We’ve had occasion to write about the endocrine noise-maker bisphenol-A (BPA) quote a few times (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here for starters). The word about BPA has gotten to consumers and they have fled BPA-containing products like they are swine flu carriers. Meanwhile the scientific evidence is piling up and what…

Pharma fish found

There has been more talk recently that our wastewater are loaded with pharmaceuticals. No surprise. People often dump out of date pills down the toilet, but much more important, they send them flushing in by excreting them. That’s wastewater, though, not drinking water. They do get into drinking water, too, but at much lower levels.…