Latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration News

Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors for e-cigarettes

Oct. 17, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors Thursday, acknowledging the public's "lack of trust" in the vaping industry. The voluntary step is the company's latest attempt to weather a growing political backlash that blames its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation...

Oregon may allow BYO food containers in stores, restaurants

Oct. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon may soon allow customers to bring their own reusable food containers to grocery stores and restaurants in an effort to curb plastic waste. The Statesman Journal reports that's not currently allowed under U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules, which Oregon has adopted, because of...

Blue Bell recalls ice cream that may contain plastic bits

Oct. 11, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

SYLACAUGA, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Blue Bell Creameries is recalling a batch of ice cream made at an Alabama plant over concerns it may contain pieces of plastic. The agency made the announcement Wednesday. News outlets report about 1,700 half gallons of Butter Crunch ice...

What we know about the US vaping illness outbreak

Oct. 3, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

U.S. health officials continue to look for patterns in the hundreds of serious lung injuries reported in people who use electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices. A look at what we know so far about the outbreak and the investigation: WHO IS GETTING SICK? The latest tally is 1,080 confirmed and probable...

San Francisco campaign to stop e-cigarette measure pushes on

Oct. 1, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A campaign to defeat an industry-backed e-cigarette measure on San Francisco's ballot will push on despite the announcement by Juul Labs Inc. that it will stop financially supporting the proposal to overturn a city ban on e-cigarettes and vape product sales. The San Francisco company,...

CVS stops sale of heartburn drugs with suspect contaminant

Sep. 30, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

CVS has halted sales of popular heartburn treatment Zantac and its generic store brand after warnings by U.S. health regulators. It's the latest precautionary move by retailers and manufacturers after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently warned consumers about a potentially dangerous contaminant in...

UofA scientists to study Yuma lettuce outbreak

Sep. 29, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — University of Arizona scientists are hoping to find more answers about what caused a romaine lettuce outbreak that sickened dozens and put the spotlight on Yuma farmers last year. Researchers with the UofA Cooperative Extension are moving forward with a multiyear study of the environment...

NY could add menthol to flavor ban as vaping groups sue

Sep. 26, 2019 8:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials want to add menthol to the state's first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as the vaping industry seeks to block it, according to the governor's office. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he's directing his administration to take steps to include...

Maine to eye potential ban on vaping products

Sep. 26, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state senator in Maine announced plans to introduce a bill to ban the sale of vaping products in the wake of concerns about illnesses and deaths stemming from them. Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett, of Cape Elizabeth, feels the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must determine if the...

Juul stops e-cigarette ads as teen vaping, illnesses grow

Sep. 25, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs Inc. will stop advertising its electronic cigarettes in the U.S. and replace its chief executive as mysterious breathing illnesses and an explosion in teen vaping have triggered efforts to crack down on the largely unregulated industry. The nation's largest e-cigarette maker and...