Food and Drug Administration

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    January 27, 2014

    Is Caramel Coloring in Your Soda Dangerous?

    Coke and Pepsi are deeply ingrained into the world's diet. From the United States to the deepest reaches of Kenya, there's one thing for certain -- wherever you'll find civilization, you'll find someone selling these caramel-hued refreshments. That caramel coloring, by the way, is so iconic that w ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    Why Don't Food Companies Label Their Products as Vegan?

    As a relatively new vegan, I'm always on the lookout for convenient foodstuffs that allow me to feel like a semi-normal human. At the buffet of life, no one wants to be relegated to a lonely spot by the salad bar. The good news is there are lots of easily available products that fit the vegan bill. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Lady Casa's Five Reasons to Hate Monsanto

    Being a PLUR warrior isn't just something you do at 2 a.m. in a dark club, it's a 24/7 job. You've got to awaken people to a higher consciousness and use your powers for good at every moment possible, even if it means marching on a couple hours of sleep. Lady Casa (formerly known as Molly Casa) and ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Dairy Industry Aims to Use Aspartame Secretly

    The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation want to be able to use aspartame without having to include it on product labels, as is currently required by law. The FDA has been ignoring the petition, which was filed in 2009. Until now. The agency is co ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013
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    December 21, 2012

    Minimum Age Requirement To Purchase Energy Drinks?

    We all know that chugging down can after can of Monster, Red Bull, or Rock Star ain't exactly healthy, yet some of us chug down multiple doses of energy drinks every day.An adult endangering his or her health is one thing, but how about a kid? Energy drinks have become a very popular drink among tee ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Florida Announces Food Code and Restaurant Inspection Updates

    The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the state agency that's in charge of inspecting all Florida restaurants for cleanliness and food safety, announced updates to the statewide Food Code.The  new code, which goes into effect January 1, 2013, will improve the inspectio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    New Dirty Dozen: Apples, Celery Most Pesticide-Contaminated. Mushrooms Okay.

    Lettuce samples contained 78 different pesticide residues. Domestic blueberries tested positive for 42 pesticides. And 98 percent of apples were found to be contaminated by pesticides. And 92 percent of certain baby foods were pesticide-tainted. (These levels were measured in "conventional," or non- ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    FDA Reviewing Genetically Modified Mosquitoes for Potential Release in Key West

    The Food and Drug Administration is reviewing a proposal from a British biotechnology firm asking to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes.If the FDA green lights the "new animal drug" application, quaint and quirky Key West will become the hub of controversial experiment.

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    May 24, 2012

    Food Lies: Antwerp LLC Convicted of Felonious Misbranding

    Many of us gladly pay extra for organic produce, in the hopes that the pesticide-free fruits and vegetables are worth the extra money for their cleaner profiles and nutritional benefits. But can we really be sure that little sticker on the Mango is telling the truth?Key Biscayne-based Antwerp, LLC w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Four Ideas For New Nutrition Labels, From Stars to Traffic Lights

    ​"The grocery store has become a Tower of Babel," said Louis Sullivan back in 1990. "Consumers need to be linguists, scientists, and mind readers to understand the many labels they see."Sullivan at the time was Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and he instructed the FDA to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    The Science Behind the Fishy Smell in Smelly Fish

    via Redbubble.comThe stink even fish want to avoid​You want to eat fresh fish. You want it glazed, or baked in parchment with fresh dill and lemon. You want the skin crisp from the broiler and the meat moist and juicy. Instead, you're looking down at a plate of stinky fish in all of its odoriferou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Miami's Curd Cowboys: Is Cheese the New Cocaine?

    ​On December 18, 2010, a freighter named America Feeder arrived at the Port of Miami from Nicaragua. Federal agents were secretly running surveillance on one container, marked ARLU 5102167. Five days later, the container was hitched to a truck and driven, with agents trailing, to a cold-stora ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Monty's, Balans and Blue Martini: Fatty Drinks the FDA Doesn't Want You to Know

    Lesley ElliottIs your alcohol adding on pounds?​The U.S. Food and Drug Administration seems to believe that when it comes to alcohol consumption, ignorance is bliss. It's easy to suck down those creamy, calorie-ridden drinks without thinking about fat and sugar intake, but are we doing ourselves a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Paranoids Rejoice! The FDA Makes Searching for Food & Drug Recalls Easier

    CC CosmoPoliticianDo you know what you're eating?​​It seems like every week there's a story on the news about food or drugs being recalled. Just recently both Del Monte canteloupes and O.N.E. Coconut Water were pulled from store shelves.The problem with recalls is that once you hear about your f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Movie Theaters Lie: Large Popcorn Equals Three Big Macs

    via Flickr CA_JimNot so cute and innocent once you know him inside and out. ​I long ago stopped eating the offerings at movie theater concession stands. So long ago that I can't remember when I started loading up at Walgreen's and sneaking in healthier, fresher, and better-priced snacks. The reaso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    O.N.E. Coconut Water Recalled Over Mold

    ​ONE World Enterprises announced this morning that they are recalling their O.N.E. Coconut water in 11.2-ounce packaging due to mold. According to a statement posted on the Food & Drug Administration's site, product affected was shipped to several retail outlets in Florida. Consumers are asked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Miami Couple Arrested for Contaminated Cheese Smuggling

    ​Cheese smuggling sounds like some sort of weird euphemism, but in this case we really mean that two people in Miami have been arrested for smuggling contaminated cheese into the country.  Yuri Izurieta, 41, and Anneri Izurieta, 46, husband and wife, and thier company, Naver Trading, Corp., h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    The Government Should Dictate Our Diet (Updated)

    via Flickr walknboston​The feds have alarmed some foodies and libertarians recently by banning food ingredients in order to make it healthier. Should the government be allowed to dictate what we can and cannot eat?It all started with trans fats. Plucked from relative obscurity a few years back, tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Listeria-Contaminated Cheese: Recall It Now

    via Flickr cwbuecheler​The Estrella Family Creamery, producer of artisanal cheeses, has refused to conduct a broad recall of its cheeses after the FDA has found listeria contamination on multiple occasions. This "stand against big government" has resulted in a feud between foodies and regulators.I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    The FDA is Set to Ban Four Loko in a Defeat of Capitalism and Freedom

    In a treacherous blow to the personal freedoms of Americans and Capitalism itself the FDA is expected to ban the sale of caffeinated alcohol drinks as soon as next week. Yes, alcohol and caffeine, two perfectly legal and widely available substances will not be allowed to be sold together in one can. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Top 10 Worst Food Recalls of 2010

    image via portorikan on flickr.Food poisoning.​Blech! We used to think food recalls were a rare phenomenon. Turns out American factory culture may not have changed enough since Upton Sinclair wrote "The Jungle," to stop bacterium-infected food products from hitting store shelves.The last year has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Kombucha Won't Get You Drunk. And It's Back.

    ​Some beverages have a history in medicine. Coke can trace its origin back to the late 19th century when it was sold as a medical elixir. 7-Up launched in the 1920s, originally contained lithium, and was marketed as a mood stabilizer and hangover cure. Today, both of these household names and are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Cock-Flavored Soup and Other Questionably Named Brands

    FlickrSugar sells, especially in our pleasantly plump society. That's why The Corn Refiners Association is asking the Food and Drug Administration to start calling high-fructose corn syrup "corn sugar."Their motivation is two fold: 1) Scientific research linking obesity and corn syrup have been inco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Salmonella Solution: Eat Fresh, Organic Eggs

    Lee KleinI am the eggman, goo goo g'joob​So now it's our eggs. It should be obvious to most people that the massive agri-businesses supplying us with much of our food supply needs oversight -- real oversight, not the corrupted mimicry of such currently performed by the FDA. But with our presently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Update: Tons of Contaminated Cheese Sold in Florida, Texas, California, New York

    Alex Izaguirre​Yesterday I described what might have been the largest cheese bust in history. Eighty-five tons of the stuff, most of it contaminated with staph, was sold to at least 30 people. Today I learned some of the cheese made it out of Miami to Texas, California, and New York. The FDA has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Biggest Cheese Bust in Memory in Miami

    Alex Izaguirre​Two Hondurans were busted Monday for illegally selling diseased cheese to more than 30 people in Miami.The pair -- Francisca Josefina Lopez, 40, and Jorge Alexis Ochoa Lopez, 34 -- was nailed for importing $322,000 of the stuff from Nicaragua and then illegally reselling it. Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    UM Doc Looking at New Use for Botox: Overactive Bladders

    ​Patients in a new study at the University of Miami have had Botox regularly shot into their urethra -- keep your mind out of the gutter -- to see if perhaps the chemical could be used to treat overactive bladder problems.Botox is usually used cosmetically to numb muscles in the faces to lessen th ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009
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    November 27, 2009

    Scared Stiff: In Miami-Dade, Back-Alley Beauticians Will Straighten Your Hair With Formaldehyde

    tarus kumar via flicker cc Need something stronger?Andressa is a perky traveling beautician who specializes in Brazilian hair straightening. Sure, she uses formaldehyde -- found in embalming fluid -- to make curls straight as straw. And, yeah, inhaling the stuff causes nasal cancer in rats, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    FDA To Public: Eat Shit!

    ​Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) has launched a petition drive to ban poultry litter being used as cattle feed. Poultry litter  consists primarily of chicken shit, feathers, spilled feed and bedding material that accumulate on the floors of the buildings that house chickens and turkeys. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    BBQ and Food Safety Guidelines From The USDA

    image via's flickrLeave it to the nofunsters at the FDA to take a beautiful concept like BBQ, the most perfect cooking method in in the history of civilization, and ruin it with their salmonella this, and cleanliness that.What they think is so hard about doing it right, I jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    FDA Cracking Down On Another of Jose Canseco's Favorite Substances

    via Wikimedia CommonsWe've spent so much time following the sad saga of A-Rod, that we've forgotten to check in with Miami's even more disgraced baseball star -- Jose Canseco! Last year a Sunrise-based company, Smoking Everywhere, enlisted the former slugger to tout its e-cigarette. Using a com ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 14, 2008

    Bottled Water Gets the Boot

    As containers and costs mount, tap water is the rule in eateries.

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Week's Top Food-Related Headlines

    Mystery as man vanishes on tour of Michelin restaurants Man vanishes into thin air after dining at El Bulli! Weirdest story ever. Maybe Adria's kitchen had him vaporized? FDA recalls green beans on botulism concern The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not t ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008
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    June 30, 2008
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    March 6, 2008

    Wacky Tobaccy

    Ain’t nothing wrong with it in this Key West musical.

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    Eat Shit and Die

    Exactly what do chickens and cows eat before we eat them?

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2007
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    August 10, 2007

    ADM: Supermaggot To The World

    Who ever heard of a vegetable oil-aholic? "We have a saying in our company: "Our competitors are our friends. Our customers are the enemy." -- A comment made in the early 1990s by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)’s then-president James Randall, as quoted in Fast Food Nation The Archer Daniels Midl ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 22, 2006

    The Skinny on Social

    Darn good food that’s darn good for you

  • Dining

    March 8, 2001

    Too Close for Comfort?

    Cattle-ist for reform

  • Dining

    February 1, 2001

    The Great White Tuna

    Unsolved Fish Mysteries

  • News

    April 9, 1998
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    September 11, 1997

    Addicted to Addiction

    University of Miami's Deborah Mash believes ibogaine could be the wonder drug to end all drugs. And she's ready to risk everything to prove it.

  • News

    August 15, 1996
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    March 23, 1995

    Lab Rats

    Some people sign up to test experimental drugs for the good of mankind. Others do it for the money. Meet Miami's professional pincushions.

  • News

    June 8, 1994

    They're Gonna Live Forever

    Federal officials have spent an eternity trying to put the founders of Fort Lauderdale's Life Extension Foundation behind bars

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    April 1, 1992
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