Food and Drug Administration

  • Film

    November 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Supreme Court Deems Medical Marijuana Still Dangerous and Medically Worthless

    A common criticism of medical marijuana is how it's dispensed. Why, enemies of the drug like to say, is cannabis sold in shady storefronts by budtenders with tattoos if it's such a lovely and wonderful wonder drug? The answer is that tattoos are popular -- and the Supreme Court believes cannabis is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    C&B's Syrup Creating a Tonic Boom in SF

    Making a gin and tonic used to be simple: Mix your choice of gin with one of two brands of tonic water. Drink. Repeat. But in the era when we prefer fresh juices over sweet and sour, tonic has been given its due. Now we're spoiled with more choices of bottled tonic, and also custom tonic syrups tha ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Despite Prop. 37's Defeat, the Fight for GMO Labeling Soldiers On

    Proposition 37, the California initiative to label genetically modified food, was defeated last night with a 53% majority vote against the proposed labeling law. But just because this battle was lost, those behind the Yes on 37 campaign say the war is far from over. The group is focusing on the 4.3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Telemarketers Checking on Your Birth Control

    That static-y voice blurting out from the receiver was easy enough to identify as a telemarketer. The instinct to hang up was temporarily suspended as the disembodied voice inquired about my use of birth control, specifically whether or not I'd ever used Yaz, Yasmin, Oscella, or the Nuvaring. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Smoking Medical Marijuana Helps MS Patients, Study Says

    A common critique of medical cannabis is that there's no way anything "smoked" can be beneficial to someone of ill health. This simple and convenient theory -- smoking (tobacco) is bad, therefore anything that can be smoked must also be bad -- was recently repeated by former White House drug czar Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Woman Sues Muscle Milk, Claims It's as Fatty as Krispy Kreme

    The problem with Muscle Milk is that it tastes really good (applies more to the carton version than the powdered version). Sure, it's a satisfying reward after a tough workout, possibly instilling a kind of Pavlovian mechanism that increases the desire to pump iron. But more than that, it tastes soo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Marijuana Sobriety Checkpoints: New Legislation to Outlaw Driving While Stoned

    ​Some will swear that marijuana has merit for motorists. Others fear impairment of any kind, at any level. We're pretty terrified of teen drivers, especially those with cell phones and hangovers, but we'll leave it to the government to intervene on this great debate. Driving while stoned would bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Feds Dismiss Medical Marijuana Lawsuits Without Hearings "Because They Know They're Wrong"

    ​Medical Marijuana Fight May End Up At Supreme Court ... By The Time We Are All Really Old.San Francisco attorney Matthew Kumin was defeated this week, when his lawsuit that challenged the feds' recent crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries was dismissed by a federal judge in Sacr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Five Things to Do in 2012 That Aren't
    Radical Weight-Loss Surgery

    An acquaintance traveled to Los Angeles recently and saw the ubiquitous 1-800-GET-THIN billboards. "It was like, 'Welcome to LA ... You're fat!'" said Jennifer Yendes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took note of the notorious billboards in early December. Regulators officially told marketing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    If You Want to Combat Corporate Lobbying, You Have to Put Up Your Dukes

    ​If you read the food media, especially in large cities, you'd believe that the sustainable food revolution is winning. But if you talk to a state senator or member of Congress, writes public-health advocate Michelle Simon, they'll assure you that the food-industry lobbyists are still the ones wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Trent Arsenault, FDA-Targeted Sperm Donor, Moonlights as Online Porn Star

    Trent Arsenault, pictured on one of his websites​We told you a few days ago about Trent Arsenault, the one-man sperm factory whose antics have been targeted as unsound by the Food and Drug Administration. Arsenault, a Silicon Valley tech worker, has set up a website in order to donate his semen to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Hey Food Activists: Can We Get a Ban on GMOs and BGH?

    PCC Farmland Trust​California's food activists are on the verge of gaining a ban on the import of shark fins. And starting next July, sale of foie gras in this state will be illegal. We care about animal welfare here; we passed a law regulating the size of chickens' cages. But perhaps becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Hey FDA: Pick On Big Food Producers, Not Little Ones

    Genaro Molina/Los Angeles TimesDanielle Fetzer and Steven Pociunas, volunteers at Rawesome Foods in Venice, after the store was raided​After a year-long investigation, agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration joined state and local authorities yesterday to bust owners of a small Venic ... More >>

  • Film

    March 16, 2011
  • Music

    March 16, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Bouncer Ponders Pharmaceutical Escapes at Olive's Happy Hour

    ​The best bars in S.F. don't have to try too hard. Olive is small and artfully arrayed, like a hipster Munchkin. Bright, abstract paintings line the walls. The proprietor has put a lot of DIY love into the place, and made sure to hire friendly staffers. No fewer than three of them approached me wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Getting a Taste of PDX During SFBW

    NorthwestBeerGuide/FlickrOut-of-towner: Deschutes' The Dissident.​Bridgetown, aka Beervana, aka Portland has much to brag about when it comes to beer culture, but it doesn't yet have a Portland Beer Week (with stress on the "yet"). So some of Oregon's savvier breweries put some flowers in thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Eat a Goddamn Carrot, Go to Fresno, Save a Fish

    ​SFoodie's roundup of tips, news, and rants from the week in animal-free eats. • The Onion has this amazing video up of what the FDA could be like if they were honest. You just buy a bag of fucking carrots and you eat them the way you'd normally eat a package of hot dogs, okay? Watch: • ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Female Condom 2 Campaign to Launch in San Francisco for Women and Gay Men

    Just slip it in. ​The Female Condom 2 is coming soon to San Francisco to line a vagina -- or anus -- near you. The Department of Public Health will be launching a campaign to promote the use of the Female Condom 2 (known as the FC2 for short) on Valentine's Day.The city received a $100,000 grant f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    UCSF Researchers Believe They Have Found a Drug To Cure Alcoholism

    Curing Alcoholism ​Leave it to Americans to try to cure alcoholism with a pill. UCSF researchers believe a muscle relaxant already out on the market can drastically reduce the urge to binge drink.Researchers from UCSF's Ernest Gallo Clinic used drunk rats to prove their hypothesis. They studied t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    TSA Scanners: U.C. San Francisco Radiologists Debunk Radiation Fears

    Calm down, people...​Update 12/3: TSA slaps us on the wrist about using this picture. This is an old image. The newer ones look more like Egyptian hieroglyphics. Among the elements of paranoia and righteousness emanating from those opting out of TSA scans today, U.C. San Francisco radiology specia ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 17, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Woman Named Skye Sues Ben & Jerry's Over 'All Natural' Claim

    You lying bastards...​A wholesome food warrior named Skye is suing Ben & Jerry's for claiming its ice cream is "All Natural" on the label, when in fact -- horror of horrors -- ingredient No. 36 is alkalized cocoa. We feel tricked by those Vermont cows who subtly imparted in their placid, bovin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    High-Fructose Corn Syrup Seeks New Name: 'Corn Sugar'

    Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Ever since Fast Food Nation went bathroom-reading bestseller, high-fructose corn syrup has left a sour taste with shoppers at or above the level of Safeway basic. Today, reports the Associated Press, the Corn Refiners Association is seeking to change that, not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Bad Eggs Didn't Cause Salmonella Spike in San Francisco

    Yep, it's a bad egg​Wednesday's massive recall of 380 million potentially tainted eggs -- more than one for every American -- likely induced more hurling of eggs than any past Halloween and more worries about salmonella than those of every turtle-owning parent of all-time. Yes, you should dispose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    This Week in Food Bloggery

    peter_r/FlickrBruce Hill's margherita, coming to a neighborhood slightly nearer you.​Highlights from the blogs this week:1. The imminent arrival of yet another wave of pizzerias ― Zero Zero, Ragazza, Una Pizza Napoletana, Antica Pizzeria Napoletana, not to mention something from ex-Flour Water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Trader Joe's Private-Label Revelations More Complicated Than We Thought

    Shannon I./YelpMystery solved?​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. In Doggy Bag last week, we pointed to an investigative post at The Faster Times, wherein Earth Island Journal managing editor Amy Westervelt looked behind some private label products at Trader Joe's and found some surprising ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Interpol, World Anti-Doping Agency Launch Investigations of Lance Armstrong

    No, no, not that way. This way...​At this point, who isn't investigating Lance Armstrong? The World Anti-Doping Agency has joined the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney's office to look into allegations that directors of Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service Cycling Team conducted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Wall Street Journal Planning Lance Armstrong Doping Bombshell

    Might this affect Lance's concentration?​The Wall Street Journal, which for a week has been rumored to be preparing a Game of Shadows-style story detailing doping allegations against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, announced in Friday's paper that it plans to release just such ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Sparks Outlawed? Now You Can Make It at Home

    Back in December 2008, MillerCoors voluntarily removed caffeine, taurine, guarana, and ginseng from energy drink Sparks, due in part to pressure from San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Hipsters everywhere lost their collective shit. The overly sweet malt liquor/energy drink hybrid saturated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    In Praise of Imposter Lobster in South City

    T. PalmerNot lobster, but not half bad either.​Cruising the El and hankering for something cheap 'n fried, SFoodie made a guilty pleasure pit stop at Long John Silver's (1111 El Camino Real at Del Paso, South San Francisco) for some fish and chips and hush puppies. Inside the spot (which doubles a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Is That a Frog in Your Throat or Are You Just Gagging?

    Mmm, froggy.​According to a CNN report today, the Food and Drug Administration Office of Regulatory Affairs has concluded that the foreign matter in a man's can of Diet Pepsi appears to have been a frog or a toad. Gulp. In July, Fred DeNegri of Ormond Beach, Florida, started gagging after he t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    Camel Milk Chocolates? You Might Soon be Able to Score Some in Noe Valley

    A Noe Valley shop hopes to be among the first U.S. retailers to sell chocolate bars made with camel milk. Jack Epstein, owner of Chocolate Covered (4069 24th St. at Castro), told SFoodie he only recently found out about the camel milk chocolate bars, manufactured by Dubai-based chocolatier Al Nass ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2009
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    New Sandwiches at Boccalone

    Just like the toasted panini I used to eat in Rome--except the Acme-baked bread is better.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    USF Realizes Its Student Insurance Covered Abortions -- and Aborts It

    Abortion has commandeered headlines of late with the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade last week and Saturday's pro-life rally -- for which many protesters bused into this pro-choice lair from more conservative California zip codes. But there is one story of anti-abortion zeal here in our own bac ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2008


    By most accounts, David Kessler's four years as UCSF's medical school dean were a rip-roaring success. So why was he fired?

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    January 2, 2008
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    August 13, 2007
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    January 19, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, January 19, 2005

  • News

    April 28, 2004

    Beaming in on The Cure

    A new type of radiation therapy, developed by a Bay Area company, shows astonishing promise in fighting cancer

  • News

    December 3, 2003

    Looking for Mr. Goodbucks

    In which we seek a nifty holiday gift for ourself: a rich gay boyfriend

  • News

    October 9, 2002


    In S.F.'s political fight game, all the contestants are ignoring a national biotech debate that could put the local economy down for the count

  • News

    May 8, 2002

    Miracle at the KK Cafe

    Peanut milk can strengthen AIDS patients, heal gums, soothe chronic skin diseases, and prevent baldness, or so it is said. And it's found only one place on Earth.

  • News

    October 31, 2001

    Cell Therapy

    Bay Area researchers are using a particular cancer to produce neuronlike cells that, when injected into the brain, seem to reverse the effects of stroke. Is the treatment a historic medical breakthrough, or a reckless ploy to attract investors?

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    August 27, 1997

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    Take a Really Deep Breath

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    April 26, 1995

    Beauty Knows No Pain

    Building a Better Body at the 28th Annual Session of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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