Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

10:59am

Wed March 5, 2014
Shots - Health News

Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes for sale in Vapeology LA, a store in Los Angeles, are tended by owner John Hartigan.
Reed Saxon AP

Count Los Angeles as the latest big city to say no to electronic cigarettes.

The City Council there voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban use of the devices, which release vaporized nicotine, in almost all public places, including bars, workplaces and beaches.

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6:10am

Mon March 3, 2014
Business

E-Cigarette Critics Worry New Ads Will Make 'Vaping' Cool For Kids

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 3:30 pm

E-cigarettes was a $2 billion industry last year and it's expected to hit $5 billion this year.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Electronic cigarette makers are getting bold with their advertising, using provocative new print ads and celebrity endorsements on TV. But public health advocates say these images are luring kids to hook them on nicotine.

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10:03pm

Wed February 26, 2014
The Salt

First Look: The FDA's Nutrition Label Gets A Makeover

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:33 am

The proposed Nutrition Facts label (right) has a few subtle differences from the current label, including bolder calorie counts and added sugar information.
Food and Drug Administration

Ready for a reality check about how many calories you're eating or drinking?

The proposed new nutrition facts panel may help.

The Obama administration Thursday released its proposed tweaks to the iconic black and white panel that we're all accustomed to seeing on food packages.

The most visible change is that calorie counts are bigger and bolder — to give them greater emphasis.

In addition, serving sizes start to reflect the way most of us really eat. Take, for example, ice cream. The current serving size is a half-cup. But who eats that little?

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10:28am

Wed February 26, 2014
The Salt

Nutrition Labels To Get Long-Overdue Tweaks

Nutrition labels will be getting a makeover this week to make it easier for consumers to understand the information.
Larry Crowne AP

If you're perplexed about how to make healthy choices when you're shopping for food, you're not alone. We've all puzzled over a food label that was confusing and hard to follow.

But some help may be on the way, as I reported on All Things Considered Tuesday.

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2:56pm

Thu February 6, 2014
The Salt

Food Industry Groups Say They'll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 1:51 pm

A woman shops at a supermarket in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Remember those ballot initiatives in California and Washington that aimed to get food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients?

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