WASHINGTONTo hear Coca-Cola tell it, the tea and fruit drinks it sells under its Fuze brand will help you avoid cancer, heart disease, colds, flu, and infections of the lungs and kidneys. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says those claims are unfounded and illegal and today urged the Food and Drug Administration to take enforcement action against the company
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Cancer, diet, drugs, and a host of other health issues make headlines every day, but how to grab the attention of those who write the front page stories? Public information officers and public relations managers can pick up some advice from top reporters at a 2 November seminar sponsored by EurekAlert!, AAAS's editorially independent online global news service, and Spectrum Science Communications.
WASHINGTONLegislation introduced today by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) would establish a national program to assure the safety of fresh produce. The introduction of the Fresh Produce Safety Act comes one year after the biggest recall of fresh produce in American history, when spinach contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 sickened 205 people. More than 100 of those were hospitalized, and at least three people died. And just this week, Dole is recalling romaine salad mix after Canadian tests came back positive for E. coli.
WASHINGTONTainted spinach. Filthy beef. Chili with beans ... and botulism. Recent outbreaks of foodborne illness have shocked Americans and spurred calls for reform of the nations fossilized food safety laws. Now a new online database will help policymakers, reporters, and home cooks alike answer the central question: What, exactly, is making us sick?