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  • 7 Delicious Surprises Found in Food This Week

    From a knife in a birthday cake to metal fragments in breakfast biscuits, this week people have found a lot of weird surprises lurking in their chow.

    This might be the first time in history when Americans have been angry about getting free stuff.

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    Tags: FDA, Food, Health
  • Mean Judge Forces FDA to Remove Delicious Antibiotics from Meat

    CowWhat's better than a tasty slab of USDA prime American beef? Nothing, except a slab of USDA prime American beef flavor-blasted with antibiotics.

    But now, thanks to a federal judge, the flavor party's over

    A federal judge on Thursday ordered regulators to start proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, citing concerns that overuse is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant "superbugs."

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Theodore Katz ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin proceedings unless makers of the drugs can produce evidence that their use is safe…

    The FDA had started such proceedings in 1977, prompted by its concerns the widespread use in livestock feed of certain antibiotics – particularly tetracyclines and penicillin, the most common. But the proceedings were never completed and the approval remained in place.

    According to the New York Times, the FDA never followed through on its initial decision to ban the use of antibiotics in animal feed due to pressure from Congress. Based on their expert knowledge of microbiology gleaned from years of studying law and campaigning for public office, congressmen didn't see the harm in destroying mankind's entire defense against disease.

    It's still unclear why politicians wanted to pump livestock full of drugs in the first place. Perhaps they thought Americans wouldn't eat infected meat. I guess they've never been to a fast food restaurant.

    Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Agriculture, Animals, FDA, Food, Health, Judiciary, Laws
  • Obama Administration Takes Bold Stand for Teen Pregnancy

    Given the relative decline of American manufacturing, many experts believe that the service and entertainment sectors will provide the jobs of the future.

    We already see this in the rise of the reality television industry, where shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have become important cultural and economic powerhouses. But with the teen pregnancy rate at its lowest level in the 70 years since CDC began recording such data, the Obama administration has been forced to take urgent action to protect this vital industry

    The Obama administration stunned women’s health advocates and abortion opponents alike Wednesday by rejecting a request to let anyone of any age buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves.

    For what the Food and Drug Administration thinks is the first time, the Department of Health and Human Services overruled the agency, vetoing the FDA’s decision to make the contraceptive available without any restrictions. Revealing a rare public split, FDA Administrator Margaret A. Hamburg said her conclusion that the drug could be used safely by women of all ages was nullified by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    Sure, the medical "experts" at the FDA say there's "adequate and reasonable, well-supported, and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential," and yes, this ruling also affects adult women who may be unable to access emergency contraceptives when the pharmacy window is closed. But let's not forget about Plan A, which is to do everything possible to ensure the success of Teen Mom 2. And Plan C, shameless pandering to religious groups…

    Wednesday's decision came as the administration is trying to defuse rising tensions with the Catholic Church over several issues, including a proposed mandate that private insurers provide women with contraceptives for free and a federal denial of an anti-human-trafficking grant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    I suppose this is all part of Obama's Inauguration Day promise to "restore science to its rightful place." Just so happens that said place is somewhere in the back, behind a counter, guarded by religious conservatives and political operatives.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Barack Obama, Catholic Church, FDA, Health, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama Administration
  • Congress Cutting Unnecessary Expenses, Like Food Safety

    If there's one thing that we, as Americans, can all agree upon — Republican or Democrat, rich or poor, liberal or conservative, gay or closeted — it's that the food that we put into our mouths doesn't really matter all that much. Meh. We can throw some vegetables onto our children's dinner plates and peacefully go about our days without a care in the world for where they came from or what strain of E. coli they're carrying. Hey, let the free market care for our families' health. That's what it's there for, am I right?

    That's why I think we can all throw our unmitigated support behind Congress' decision to slash the FDA's food inspection budget

    As much as 20 percent of the food Americans eat comes from other countries, but the federal Food and Drug Administration only has enough money to inspect 2 percent of that imported food. Now in spite of a new law to bolster safeguards, Congress is cutting the FDA's food inspection budget, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports…

    In the wake of food borne illnesses linked to bad eggs, peanuts and spinach, the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law early this year. It promised the most sweeping change to food safety in the United States since the late 1930s, supplying fresh funds to beef up FDA inspections and oversight…

    But earlier this month, a deficit-minded House slashed more than $200 million from the FDA's food safety budget for the 2012 fiscal year from a proposed $955 million to $750 million, $87 million less than the agency now receives.

    And, you know what? If you you think about it, what are you and your kids doing eating things like vegetables and peanuts and eggs anyway? You have a whole supermarket over there full of prepackaged "food" that's completely safe-ish and totally ripe for the unsealing.

    Tags: Economy, FDA, Food, Health, House of Representatives
  • Jon Stewart on Glenn Beck's Opposition to Food Safety

    It's no secret that the Republicans and Democrats in Congress have trouble getting stuff done, so it was a pleasant surprise when a sweeping food safety bill recently passed the Senate with bipartisan support. It seems even the vicious partisan divide in Washington can't stand in the way of our leaders' sincere concern that we not be killed by e-coli in our cheeseburgers, so we can instead be killed by the fat and sodium in our cheeseburgers like God intended. And yet, as Jon Stewart discussed on last night's Daily Show, even something so universally supported and wholly virtuous has its detractors.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

    Tags: Bipartisanship, FDA, Food, Glenn Beck, House of Representatives, Jon Stewart, Senate, The Daily Show, Theodore Roosevelt, Video