Food and Drug Administration

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    September 16, 2013

    San Francisco Health Officials Respond to FDA's Move to Crack Down on Prescription Opiates

    In the wake of a national prescription pain pill epidemic, which has resulted with millions of abusers and thousands of overdose deaths, it seemed like a no-brainer when the FDA announced recently that prescription opiates have a high risk of abuse, overdose, and death, and, thus should be prescribe ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Openly Gay Mayor Evan Low Starts Petition Urging FDA to Let Gay Men Donate Blood

    Here's some 30 year-old news that's apparently -- shockingly -- still relevant today. In 1983, in the wake of massive HIV/AIDS paranoia, the Food and Drug Administration banned gay men from donating blood. Or rather, they refused blood donations from any man who'd had sex with a man after 1977, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Why You Shouldn't Eat Lion Meat

    A long post on the Scientific American website today pleads with the public to not let this obsession with lion meat get out of control, in the wake of a Burlingame restaurant offering $70 lion meat skewers and a restaurant in Florida selling lion meat tacos. Though lions aren't currently protected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Zagat Likes Vegan Junk and the FDA Says Meat is Grody

    ​ Kite Hill vegan cheese is here! Laura Beck has the lowdown over at Vegansaurus (a site for which I write). I want to try! Photo from Kite Hill's Facebook page. See also: Talking Sausages, Killer Salami, and Vegan Perogies in Oakland Chocolate Salami, Dairy Pushes Aspartame, and Justin Timbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    City Attorney Dennis Herrera Calls for Stricter Federal Regulations on Energy Drinks

    There is less waiting these days. Cross the country in six hours. Exchange correspondence within seconds. Buy the new Jordan's with a click from the couch. The few stretches of waiting -- 20 seconds on the elevator, three minutes at the taco truck, an hour at the DMV -- turn into stretches, via sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    GE Salmon is Close to Being Approved: Let the FDA Know Your Thoughts

    Over the holidays, the U.S. Food and Drink Administration took one step closer to approving genetically engineered salmon for public sale. The agency released a report saying that the fish wasn't likely to pose a threat to the environment or to the people who eat it. These GE salmon, called AquAdvan ... More >>

  • News

    October 10, 2012
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    July 30, 2012

    Environmentalists Demand FDA Lower Mercury Rates in Seafood

    Put the chopsticks down; you might want to curb your sashimi-binging habits after you read this.We've all seen the signs when we've gone out to eat sushi -- the ones that the Food and Drug Administration require all food establishments to show that warn of the dangers of mercury poisoning that can c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    FDA Approves Drug That Reduces the Spread of HIV

    Truvada, the first drug shown to drastically reduce the spread of HIV, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration today as a successful preventative measure for people at high risk of contracting the virus. Produced by Foster City-based biotech company Gilead Sciences Inc., Truvada h ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012
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    January 4, 2012

    Trent Arsenault, Bay Area Man Flooded with Sperm Requests, in New York for Media Blitz

    Is network TV ready for this?​The national news just can't get enough of the Bay Area's one man sperm-donor, Trent Arsenault. The 36-year-old, who claims to have fathered 14 offspring with his super-potent sperm he ejaculates during porn movies (yes, they are available online), told SF Weekly that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    One in Four Packages of Meat Is Contaminated With Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs

    ​Mark Bittman, who has segued from being the New York Times' alpha recipe writer to being its alpha food-politics writer, ran a blistering opinion piece this week on the FDA's failure to check antibiotic use on farms. So many farmers have been feeding antibiotics to their livestock that the FDA be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Sperm Donor Smack-Down: Trent Arsenault vs. the Gay-Hating Bill Johnson

    You, too, can have a Trent Arsenault baby.​The SF Weekly newsroom boasts the strange distinction of sitting above a fertility clinic. That means the morning elevator ride is often shared with anxious females gripping the hand of their nervous sperm donor/partner. It also means that in dull mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    FDA Orders Cease-and-Desist on Silicon Valley Man's Sperm

    The FDA is a real boner killer ​There's plenty of opportunities to help the 99 percent. For Trent Arsenault, a Fremont resident and Silicon Valley security expert, he prefers giving away his sperm -- for free -- to help those in need. Arsenault, 36, has been donating his sperm online to couples si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Contaminated Cantaloupes Killed 23 People. Why Not More?

    llubomir / Shutterstock​According to an article yesterday in the Huffington Post, the Jensen Farms listeria outbreak has now killed 23 people and sent 116 to the hospital, making it America's deadliest case of foodborne illness in several decades. While the FDA investigates the farm to find out e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Sugar Sues Corn Syrup for False Advertising. No Joke.

    Sugar: going on the offensive. Yesterday the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles began hearing arguments over an odd lawsuit filed by a group of sugar producers against a group of producers and marketers of high-fructose corn syrup. The charge? False advertising. Big Sugar is mad that Big HFCS -- u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Congress Attempting to Stop the Frankenfish

    This is not AquaBounty's GM salmon. It is also not PhotoShopped. Good god.​For years, SFoodie has been hearing about the development of AquaBounty's AquAdvantage giant farmed salmon, which are bred to produce growth hormone continuously throughout their lives so they reach market weight much faste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    The FDA Wants Your Gluten-Free Cookies to Actually Be Gluten-Free

    Mariposa Baking's cinnamon rolls: actually gluten-free, actually good.​There are three kinds of people who buy gluten-free products: a) People whose doctor has told them celiac disease is what's making them miserable; b) people whose naturopath has told them they're probably gluten-intolerant; c) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    How Much Should We Believe in Activia? How Much Do You Throw in the Tip Jar?

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Food as Medicine. The New York Times ran a great article yesterday about the increase in foods marketing themselves for their health benefits. The FDA, finding some of these claims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Food Costs, Diet Drinking, and Buying the Right Fish

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.1. Pain at the Cart. At the New York Times, Kim Severson surveys the rising costs of food -- beef up 12%, tomatoes up 11%, milk up 7% -- and then puts it in in perspective: Globally, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    E-Cigarettes: How Long Before San Francisco Bans Them?

    e-addictions can be regulated, too ​It wasn't enough to restrict smokers so much so that about the only place they can light up now is in the path of oncoming traffic. San Francisco is now looking at tossing out electronic smokers from their local bar.The FDA ruled today that e-cigarettes are in f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Clean Cheese, Ginger Ale, and the Mighty Subway

    Madame Fromage/FlickrSally Jackson's amazing cheese, now lost to the world after an FDA crackdown.​A new daily column: Notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other miscellanea dredged up from the food media.1. Cheese makers under attack? San Francisco diners haven't felt the i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Valentine's Day Gift for Her: Female Condom (VIDEO)

    Female condom: putting the "party" back into party bus. ​Health Department Tries Hand At Public Service Announcement Porn. Best. Video. Ever.The wait has been long. It has been curious. And now the Female Condom 2 will finally launch in San Francisco on Valentine's Day. The motto: "The FC2, For Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    New Questions Raised About State's Imported Lethal Injection Drugs

    ​Newly released documents raise questions about the quality of drugs imported from abroad by state corrections officials to carry out lethal injections, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.The documents, obtained by the ACLU through Freedom of Information Act (FO ... More >>

  • News

    January 19, 2011
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    December 10, 2010

    State Claims Chiropractor Is Crooked

    Ben Altadonna, seen here with Ed McMahon amazingly enough, is not the state's favorite chiropractor​Bent out of shape by the alleged actions of chiropractor Benjamin Altadonna, the state of California has filed suit, claiming the health practitioner is deeply crooked. In a case filed in Alameda Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    More Loving in the Inner Sunset, Baking for Critters, Brunch on the Farm

    ​SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats. Exciting news, there's a new Loving Hut coming to the Inner Sunset! Loving Hut is a Supreme Master Ching Hai joint, meaning it may or may not be run by a cult. I mainly don't care as I have a steady resolve when ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 13, 2010
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    October 5, 2010

    On Finding Real Apple Cider

    Jonathan KauffmanRainbow Orchards' cider: $4/quart at the Inner Sunset Farmers Market.​ Fall in Indiana began with the start of school. Then came the heavy jackets, the leaf mounds and rake-blistered hands, and the weekly trips to the orchard to fill up our jugs with fresh-pressed cider. For two o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Gay Blood Not Welcome in San Bruno Relief Effort

    All blood is not created equally, according to the federal government​Blood Centers of the Pacific is reporting that community response to the San Bruno explosion and fire has been outstanding. So outstanding, in fact, that donors are urged to not give blood. They have enough. Come in and give nex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    New Female Condom Campaign Targets Gay Men in San Francisco. You Read That Right.

    The female condom is awkward. ​Cheaper female condoms! Come get yer cheaper female condoms!Yeah. That's really what's up. A newer, cheaper female condom,  FC2, as in, Female Condom 2 (wildly creative, right?) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2009. It costs about 65 per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Is the Government Caving to Pressure Over Regulating Sodium?

    A public interest group first asked FDA to intervene in 1978.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Salt politics: At Food Politics, Marion Nestle considers the on-one-minute, gone-the-next rumor that FDA has plans to regulate the salt content in processed foods. She lays out the simple timelin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Quaker Oat Man a Liar, Lawsuit Claims

    Who can we trust if not this wholesome corporate symbol? ​With low-hanging fruit such as Froot Loops and Crunchberries already targets of litigation accusing cereal makers of making exaggerated health claims, a Bay Area lawsuit now takes on Quaker granola bars, an oily, sugary concoction touted as ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010
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    October 15, 2009

    Just in Time for Halloween: The World's Deadliest Foods

    Think last night's burrito made you sick? Even the worst food poisoning from the grubbiest taqueria is nothing compared to what might happen if you chow down on these really deadly foods.​8. FuguEating fugu, or Japanese pufferfish, is always a life-or-death gamble. Considered a delicacy, the rathe ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009
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    April 15, 2009
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    February 11, 2009
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    June 14, 2006

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, June 14, 2006

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    September 11, 2002

    The New Defenders

    An explosion of federal funding has Bay Area researchers at the forefront of America's counter-terrorism program. Will the money make us safer - or just make science a military secret?

  • News

    November 21, 2001

    The New Economy

    The road to Punta Abreojos is paved with hollow intentions

  • Calendar

    November 13, 1996
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    July 3, 1996

    A Wasting of Time

    An existing drug offers hope for AIDS wasting syndrome -- if you can get it

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    March 20, 1996
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    December 6, 1995
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    November 29, 1995

    Drug Story (Part I)

    Discovered by brain researchers in the early '60s and resurrected by bodybuilders in the late '80s, the semi-illicit compound GHB is now marketed on the club and smart-drug circuits as a sexy wonder drug. But beware GHB's knockout punch.

  • News

    November 29, 1995

    Drug Story (Part II)

    Discovered by brain researchers in the early '60s and resurrected by bodybuilders in the late '80s, the semi-illict compound GHB is now marketed on the club and smart-drug circuits as a sexy wonder drug. But beware GHB's knockout punch.

  • News

    September 6, 1995

    Topic of Cancer

    South San Francisco biotech firm Genentech just says no to women battling breast cancer

  • News

    August 16, 1995

    As They Lay Dying

    Breast cancer activists rage at Genentech for withholding an experimental drug

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    July 19, 1995
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