Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

San Francisco moves closer to nation's 1st e-cigarette ban

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco supervisors moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes to crack down on youth vaping. Supervisors unanimously approved a ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes. They also endorsed a ban on...

The Latest: San Francisco closer to ban on e-cigarette sales

Jun. 18, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on San Francisco's effort to ban sales of electronic cigarettes in the city (all times local): 3:10 p.m. San Francisco supervisors have voted unanimously to move the city toward becoming the first in the United States to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes. Supervisors on...

King Arthur Flour recalls some flour due to E. coli risk

Jun. 13, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

NORWICH, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont-based flour company is voluntarily recalling some bags of flour due to potential E. coli contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted on its website a statement from King Arthur Flour saying the company is recalling more than 14,000 cases of 5-pound unbleached...

FDA: 'Influencers' promoted vaping without suitable warnings

Jun. 7, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators moved to discipline vaping companies for inappropriately promoting their flavored nicotine formulas through so-called influencers on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. The Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters Friday to four companies that used...

'Sell By' or what? US pushes for clarity on expiration dates

Jun. 6, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If milk is a few days past its "Sell By" date, is it safe to drink? U.S. regulators are urging food-makers to be more consistent with labeling terms like "Best By" and "Enjoy By" that cause confusion. By clarifying the meaning of such dates, they are trying to prevent people from...

FDA: Sampling finds toxic nonstick compounds in some food

Jun. 3, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration found substantial levels of a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake, according to FDA researchers. The FDA's food-test results are likely to heighten...

US aims to help more cancer patients try experimental drugs

Jun. 3, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Sally Atwater's doctor spent two months on calls, messages and paperwork to get her an experimental drug he thinks can fight the lung cancer that has spread to her brain and spine. Nancy Goodman begged eight companies to let her young son try experimental medicines for a brain tumor that...

US holds CBD hearing as fans, sellers await legal clarity

May. 31, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — CBD products have surged in popularity despite confusion around their legal status . Now U.S. regulators are exploring ways the hemp ingredient might officially be allowed in food, drinks and dietary supplements. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a hearing Friday to...

TSA allows flyers to travel with drug derived from marijuana

May. 28, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration has changed its cannabis policy to allow passengers to travel with some forms of CBD oil and a drug derived from marijuana that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. All forms of marijuana were previously prohibited in carry-on...

At $2M, priciest ever medicine treats fatal genetic disease

May. 24, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, for a rare disorder that destroys a baby's muscle control and kills nearly all of those with the most common type of the disease within a couple of years. The treatment is priced at $2.125 million. Out-of-pocket costs for patients will vary based on...