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May 3, 2012

''Rules 'holdup' puzzles food industry and food-safety advocates''

"Most of the provisions in a landmark food safety law which passed 16 months ago still haven't gone into effect and are stuck in a rule-making process at the White House, four months overdue."

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Source: CNN

Food Hazards
Jun 27, 2013

''Rules for School Vending Machines, Snacks Unveiled''

Education Week interviews Jessica Donze Black, director of the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project about the USDA's decision to finalize interim rules on snack foods and beverages sold in schools.

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Source: Education Week

School Food
Sep 24, 2013

Roll Call: Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Is a Bipartisan Cause

"A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is adding urgency to an issue lawmakers from both parties say they want to address: the rise of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics."

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Source: Roll Call

Antibiotic Innovation
Mar 19, 2010

Risk and Reward: An Interview with the Pew Health Group's Shelley Hearne

In September, at an event in Iowa focused on food safety oversight, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin hailed Pew as “a true national treasure” and “a major source of light—and enlightenment.” That sentiment reached the core of the Pew Health Group’s commitment to improving public policy and informing the public by conducting rigorous analysis and developing fact-based solutions.

Trust asked managing director Shelley Hearne to describe the strategy behind her multifaceted program, which ranges from enhancing food safety oversight and eliminating medical conflicts of interest to reform of credit-card industry practices.

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Source: Trust Magazine

Food Safety
Oct 29, 2011

''Rising antibiotic use on farms prompts renewed push for federal restrictions''

"Public health advocates are renewing their push for stronger restrictions on antibiotics in food production after a Pew Health Group analysis of federal data found that their use was up 6.7 percent in 2010."

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Source: The Hill

Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Nov 18, 2013

Reuters: U.S. Senate Backs Bill to Regulate Bulk Drug Compounding

The U.S. Senate on Monday approved a bill designed to prevent the type of quality control problems that led last year to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis traced to a tainted pharmaceutical mixed by a Massachusetts pharmacy.

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Source: Reuters

Sep 20, 2013

Reuters: U.S. FDA Issues Final Rule on Medical Device Identifier Codes

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a long-awaited rule on Friday requiring companies to include codes on medical devices that will allow regulators to track the products, monitor them for safety and expedite recalls."

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Source: Reuters

Drugs and Devices at the FDA
Jan 10, 2014

Reuters: U.S. Compounding Pharmacies Start to Register With FDA

A small number of U.S. compounding pharmacies have begun registering with the Food and Drug Administration under new legislation designed to tighten control of the custom medication makers following a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to a pharmacy in Massachusetts.

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Source: Reuters

Jul 23, 2013

Republican Senator Mark Darr Supports School Food Modernization Act

Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr said Tuesday he has decided what political office he will seek in 2014 but won’t tell until others disclose their political plans.

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Source: Arkansas News Bureau

School Food
Sep 21, 2012

''Report: State Prescription Monitoring Programs Falling Short''

"Forty-nine states, including Maine, now operate a prescription monitoring program - or are putting one in place - to track the powerful pain medication dispensed by pharmacies. These databases have already helped in the fight to curtail diversion and abuse of prescribed opioids. But the way they operate - and how the data they collect gets used - varies widely from state to state."

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Source: The Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Medical Safety
Jun 26, 2012

''Report: School Nutrition Standards Could Improve Health and Finances''

"Stronger school nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) could improve student health and provide a financial boon for school districts, according to a new health impact assessment (HIA) released Tuesday by the Health Impact Project and the Kids' Safe and Healthful Food Project."

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Source: Governing

School Food, Health Impact Assessment
Oct 26, 2011

''Report: Industry decides food ingredient safety''

Thousands of ingredients that go into food have been classified as safe by private industry alone, without any government oversight, according to a new report published Wednesday...The peer-reviewed report published in the Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety journal draws on research funded by the Pew Health Group, the health and consumer safety arm of the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Source: Associated Press

Food Additives
Jun 26, 2012

''Report: Healthy Vending, A La Carte Foods Won't Hurt School Revenue''

"The Kids' Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation teamed up to analyze the effects of changing the makeup of so-called 'competitive foods' sold at school."

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Source: Education Week

School Food, Health Impact Assessment
Jul 28, 2012

''Report: Cutting School Junk Food Boosts Kids’ Health, Doesn’t Hurt School Budgets''

"A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concludes that getting rid of junk food at school boosts kids’ health and doesn’t hurt schools financially. Even many snack food companies are on board."

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Source: WBUR Common Health Blog

School Food, Health Impact Assessment
Nov 21, 2012

''Report Says FDA Needs Workforce Improvements''

In 2007, an agency panel found that the FDA’s "scientific workforce does not have sufficient capacity and capability" and the agency is "not positioned to meet current or emerging regulatory responsibilities." The Pew Charitable Trusts wanted to know if that’s still the case, and asked the Partnership for Public Service to find out. "FDA has made progress," says the Partnership’s report, but the agency "continues to have significant workforce and management challenges in the scientific and medical arenas that need to be addressed."

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Source: The Washington Post

Jul 20, 2010

''Report Measures Financial Habits of Low-Income Families''

"Half of low-income families in Greater Los Angeles turn to costly and unregulated alternative financial services (AFS) rather than banks to meet their monetary needs, according to a new survey released today by the Pew Health Group’s Safe Banking Opportunities Project"

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Source: Hispanic Lifestyle

Jul 13, 2011

''Report Identifies Serious Gaps in Drug Safety Oversight''

"Americans' medicines are increasingly manufactured in developing countries, where oversight is lower than in the United States, according to a new white paper by the Pew Health Group."

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Source: Drug Discovery & Development Magazine

Drug Manufacturing and Distribution, Drug Safety
Dec 19, 2008

Report Faults U.S. Strategy for Nanotoxicology Research

The U.S. government lacks an effective plan for ensuring the safety of nanotechnology, a new report by the National Research Council (NRC) concludes. The report, released last week, finds that the current plan for coordinating federal research on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) risks of nanotechnology amounts to an ad hoc collection of research priorities from the 25 federal agencies that make up the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), which coordinates federal nanotech programs. What's needed, it argues, are an overall vision and a plan for how to get there and to come up with the money to do so.

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Source: Science Magazine

May 24, 2011

Replacing Deep-Fat Fryers

The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project conducted a pilot survey among food service directors in three states (Georgia, Kentucky and Wisconsin).

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Source: Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project

School Food
May 17, 2013

''Rep. Bob Latta's Plan to Thwart Fake Drugs Passes House of Representatives Committee''

An Ohio legislator’s plan to establish a nationwide prescription drug tracking system to protect patients from fake drugs was approved by the House Commerce Committee.

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Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Drug Safety
Aug 19, 2009

''Reforms for Credit Cards Go in Effect''

"Although most credit card reforms approved by Congress this year won't take effect until February, a few provisions kick in Thursday — and consumers could start getting some relief from rising interest rates."

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Source: Democrat and Chronicle

Apr 17, 2013

''Recipe for Success''

"Orange County Public Schools are continuing to offer up a host of different lunch options to students throughout the county, expanding their taste buds through different food choices."

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School Food
Aug 23, 2012

Recent Outbreak Stresses Need for New Antibiotics

On August 22, researchers at the National Institute of Health released a scientific paper detailing the use of advanced genetic technology to trace a deadly infection, untreatable by nearly every antibiotic, that spread through the NIH’s Clinical Center last year.

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Antibiotics in Food Animal Production
Apr 14, 2014

Reader's Digest: The Dangers in Our Food Supply Are Worse Than You Think

All his life, Paul Schwarz had been active and healthy. When his family imagined the various ways that the decorated veteran of World War II might eventually die, they never imagined that the cause would be a piece of cantaloupe.

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Source: Reader's Digest

Food Hazards
Feb 3, 2014

Raleigh News and Observer: Girl Fights to Save Others from Foodborne Illness

Dana Dziadul has been fighting since she was 3 years old, but don’t bother telling her mother. First, Dana, now 16, was fighting for her life after getting debilitatingly ill from bad cantaloupe she ate when she was 3. Now, she’s fighting to ensure that other children don’t suffer the same fate that befell her – or a worse one.

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Source: Raleigh News & Observer

Food Hazards