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The financial industry (what’s left of it) now knows what the food industry is learning (or never learned; take your pick). Effective regulation is good for business. Or rather, poor regulation is (very) bad for business. Latest exhibit: the gigantic recall of peanut products (international in scope: here’s a long list of newly recalled Canadian…

More on salmonella and peanut butter

The four month old salmonella outbreak (here, here) that has already claimed at least five lives seems now to be an “ingredient” affair. The ingredient is peanut butter made in a Georgia plant of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and sold to food distributors in bulk for use in institutions and not to consumers…

Whenever you read about some high profile drug company trial where the smoking gun is some incriminating email, do you shake your head and wonder, “How could they have written that in an email?” There are two ways for a drug company to protect itself from being nailed by these kinds of emails. The best…

Heartburn that gives you lawsuits

So what does heartburn have to do with diabetes? Funny you should ask. Big Pharma giant AstraZeneca is being sued by 15,000 people who claim that their atypical antipsychotic, Seroquel, causes diabetes. Seroquel is approved for bipolar disorder, but unless there are a lot more people with bipolar disorder than we know, it is clearly…

Toxic toy: the gift that keeps on giving

The economy is bad and everyone expects retail sales to be substantially off. But parents will scrimp on presents for each other to make sure their kids get presents they want. Whether we approve or not, we do it for our kids. I assume it’s hardwired into our brains somehow. But in the waning hours…

A reporter live blogs the FDA BPA meeting

Blogging can vary in spontaneity. Some bloggers spend a lot of effort honing individual posts, while some do a lot of “one offs” in response to rapidly changing events. A limiting form of the latter is “live blogging,” essentially reporting in real time during a meeting, demonstration or particular event. In this sense blogging isn’t…

BPA: clouding up the FDA’s all clear

We’ve been keeping an eye out for the FDA’s expert task force review of their own draft report on bisphenol-A (BPA; for more posts see here, here, here, here, here for other BPA posts). We previously reported to you the concern that the (outside) chair of that expert panel had a risk assessment institute at…

Still more BPA sleaze from FDA

Everyone knows newspapers are struggling, which means cutting back on everything, including investigative reporting. So it is nice to acknowledge that there is still some wonderful reporting going on. A particular standout has been Susanne Rust, Meg Kissinger and their colleagues at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, whose investigation of FDA’s handling of the bispheonal A (BPA)…

Bug bomb illnesses and injuries

If Mrs. R. is typical, it’s a good thing there are no atomic bug bombs or thermonuclear mouse traps or our neighborhood would be a radioactive dead zone. In our case her malevolent vibrations are sufficient to sterilize the area of vermin (that and our dog) but many people resort to chemical bug bombs, called…

Food poisoning can be a miserable experience and sometimes you feel like you want to die rather than endure another minute of the agony, but people rarely die from food poisoning. At least for most causes of food poisoning. The exceptions are the exceedingly rare cases of botulism and the much more common occurrence of…