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FDA: Celibate Gay Men Might Be Able To Donate Blood

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Gay men in the U.S. cannot donate blood. Scientists say advances in screening make that unnecessary — but to reduce risk they should be celibate. Advocates say that's poppycock.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Antibacterial Soaps, The FDA & You

Thursday, December 19, 2013

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would require manufactures of antibacterial soaps to demonstrate that their products are safe. Studies in animals have found that exposure to high doses of certain chemicals found in these products can cause hormonal and metabolic disruptions. Rolf Halden,director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, talks about the chemicals and the questions about their safety.

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WNYC News

FDA Issues Warning On Shellfish from NY Harbor

Friday, July 20, 2012

If you have a hankering for some oysters this weekend, you might want to avoid the ones harvested from New York's Oyster Bay. The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat raw or partially cooked shellfish harvested from the bay because they have been linked to cases of foodborne illness in several states.

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The Takeaway

FDA Bans BPA from Baby Bottles and Children's Cups

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has finally taken action on a popular and controversial chemical. Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, can no longer be added to baby bottles and cups for young children, according to the F.D.A.

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The Takeaway

Cantaloupes Cause Worst Food-Borne Illness Outbreak in a Decade

Thursday, September 29, 2011

As many as 72 people have fallen ill and 16 have died, after eating cantaloupes that were contaminated with listeria, a dangerous bacteria. The contaminated fruit was traced back to Jensen Farms in Colorado, which ships to 25 states. This makes the outbreak the country's deadliest of food related illness in more than a decade, according to public health officials.

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WNYC News

Most New York Eateries Confident in Japan Food Imports

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Food imports from Japan make up less than four percent of all U.S. food imports, according to radiation safety information on the FDA's website, but some in the food industry are still taking precautions even though the agency said "little or no products" are being imported from the tsunami battered region.

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