FDA

4:15pm

Wed June 11, 2014
Business

Schumer demands FDA be more clear with cheese making guidelines

Cheese cures on wooden shelves in an aging room.
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is among those asking the Food and Drug Administration to clarify its guidelines on the use of wooden boards to age artisanal cheeses. He says cheese makers have been using wooden boards or panels to age their cheeses for centuries, and that changing the rules would put American producers at a disadvantage.

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8:03pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Beer

Brewers get win as FDA agrees to back off spent grain regulations

The bottling line at F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Federal food regulators are backing off of proposed changes to what craft brewers can do with the leftover grains from the beer making process.

Craft brewers in New York have said the proposal would hurt their businesses.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) had called for the Food and Drug Administration to abandon the change. He announced Thursday FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg agreed to revise the rule to avoid "unintended consequences" that would harm brewers and farmers.

Brewers provide spent grain to dairy farmers as a low-cost or free source of cow feed.

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7:01pm

Sun March 23, 2014
Health

What's the future for the nutrition facts label?

Dan Domme Flickr

The Food and Drug Administration is changing the nutrition facts label for the first time since the 1990s. The changes will update the current labels, which have serving sizes that seem too small to many Americans and no prominence placed on the calories.

This week on Take Care, Tracy Fox, president of Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants in Washington D.C., discusses the current nutrition facts label and how it may be upgraded.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Tracy Fox.

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5:34am

Fri March 21, 2014
Health

Nutrition facts label will be changing

The familiar nutrition label you see on every food and drink you buy will be changing. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Tracy Fox, president of Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants in Washington D.C.  Fox discusses the current nutrition label and what changes might be coming.

Lorraine Rapp: I wondered if you would talk about how effective these labels have been in helping consumers make more informed decisions? Overall has the program been effective?

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7:33am

Tue March 18, 2014
Health

Schumer asks for expedited delivery of sterilazation products for central New York hospitals

Sen. Charles Schumer and Dr. Anthony Weiss holding vials of Biologic during a news conference at Weiskotten Hall in Syracuse Monday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is hoping to use his influence to expedite delivery of a sterilization product used by hospitals. The senator was called by central New York hospitals to help deal with the shortage of the material used to sterilize equipment used in surgery.

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8:34am

Sat January 25, 2014
Health

FDA reviews antibacterial soaps and washes

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started a review of the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial products across a range of industries.

The first stage of the process will focus on antibacterial soaps and body washes. Despite some heavy marketing, FDA officials say very little is known about the long-term effects of these products.

In December, the administration gave manufacturers a year to prove their antibacterial soaps and washes are safe for long term daily use, and are more effective than regular soap and water in preventing illness.

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7:37am

Fri January 24, 2014
Technology

Antimicrobial glass for smart devices created upstate

Corning Inc Gorilla Glass

Upstate glass manufacturer Corning Inc. has developed the first antimicrobial glass for our proliferating smart devices, lap tops, and TVs. The glass is more resistant to bacteria but, doubts are emerging about the benefits of antibacterial products.

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7:01pm

Sun January 12, 2014
Health

Clinical trials: How drugs get from R&D to your pharmacy

e-MagineArt.com Flickr

It takes years for the medication you find in your neighborhood pharmacy to go through research and development. But it takes something more than that for those drugs to make it to your medicine cabinet – clinical trials and people willing to participate in them.

This week on "Take Care," Dr. Lindsay McNair, chief clinical research officer for WIRB-Copernicus Group, a leading independent institutional review board which provides human research protections and ethical research support in the field of drug development, describes how clinical trials work, who participates in them, and why.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. McNair.

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7:06am

Wed January 1, 2014
Agriculture

Proposed FDA rules for produce farms to be changed

The Food and Drug Administration is, for the first time, proposing new food safety rules for produce farmers across the country. The FDA asked for comments on the rules this year and thousands of upstate farmers responded. Many of them criticized the rules, saying they could spoil their livelihood. So the FDA announced last week they would re-draft some of the contentious rules.

Richard Ball runs Scoharie Farms on Route 30 outside of Albany. He walks over to a metal gate closing in one of his fields and yanks up the hood on his coat, blocking the wind.

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8:04am

Thu November 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

While e-cigarettes gain popularity, FDA may start regulating products

Containers of e-liquid used in e-cigarettes.
Lindsay Fox Flickr

The Food and Drug Administration may soon get in on the fast growing e-cigarette industry. It’s considering labeling them as tobacco products, which would mean regulation over where they’re sold and how they’re made. That's good news for central New York smoking opponents, who say a lack of regulation is one of the big danger points of these electronic smoking devices.

So what is an e-cigarette anyway?

“A vaporized form of nicotine that is derived from tobacco, that is flavored and inhaled like a cigarette,” says Upstate Cancer Center Medical Director Leslie Kohman.

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7:00pm

Sun October 27, 2013
Health

Angina, Bob Dole, and NASCAR: How Viagra solidified its role in American society

Felix E. Guerrero Flickr

1998 brought about many things: the invention of Google, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Winter Olympic Games in Japan and the film Armageddon. While these events took the world by storm, one little blue pill also made its way on to the scene, and has changed how Americans view sex in the 15 years since.

This week on Take Care, sociologist Meika Loe discusses the history and the effects of the drug Viagra. Loe is an associate professor of sociology and women’s studies at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and the author of the book The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Meika Loe.

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7:01pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Food Labeling

100% Natural: What's in a name?

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health; and Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley.
Credit foodpolitics.com

When it comes to going to the supermarket, Dr. Marion Nestle wants you to keep one thing in mind:

“The purpose of the entire layout of the supermarket is to sell food products. There’s a sales pitch with every single product, every single layout.”

This week, “Take Care” interviews Nestle, a professor in nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. She is the author of many books on the topic of food labeling, including Food Politics, which is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary of publication.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Marion Nestle.

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10:44am

Fri May 10, 2013
Health

The importance of food labels

As more Americans try to eat healthier, consumers are trying to find out more information about the food they purchase at the grocery store. And that means reading the labels. But terms like "organic" and "all natural" can be confusing. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness program "Take Care," recently spoke to NYU professor of sociology and nutrition, Dr. Marion Nestle about how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates food labels and how consumers have demanded changes in those rules.

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