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Judge Snuffs Out New York Law Requiring Anti-Smoking Posters

A federal judge has struck down a New York City law that would have required vendors of cigarettes to plaster around their stores graphic images of the damage wrought by smoking. As The New York Times reports, while the judge expressed sympathy for the law’s intent, he made the ruling on the justification that only…

Beefed Up Disclosure Rules Require Meat to Get Nutrition Labels in 2012

The nutrition labels consumers have come to expect on bags of potato chips or boxes of cereal will be slapped on cuts of meat starting in 2012, the Department of Agriculture has announced. The new labels will offer information about such things as calories, sodium and grams of fat to give customers more insight into…

Auto Safety Complaints Accelerate in 2010

Complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about automotive safety hazards soared in 2010. According to research from Edmunds.com, by midway through December the NHTSA received 40,000 complaints, roughly four times the number in recent years. A major driver of the complaints was Toyota, whose struggles with flaws such as unintended acceleration have provoked…

J&J Halts Tests on Pain Drug Amid Concern About Link to Bone Disorder

Johnson & Johnson says it is suspending testing of a drug that, according to the Food and Drug Administration, might cause serious bone problems. As Reuters reports, the drug in question is fulranumab, a medication that works by blocking a protein that causes pain. The FDA is worried that drugs in this class, called nerve…

Botched Precision Radiation Therapy Exposes Patients to Unexpected Dangers

One of the fasting-growing radiation therapies for treating tiny brain and spinal chord tumors can pose safety hazards that have seriously harmed some patients, The New York Times reports. The treatment is called stereotactic radiosurgery, or SRS, which often use linear accelerators to deliver targeted radiation to combat small tumors and other medical problems requiring…

Salmonella Outbreak Spurs Expanded Produce Recall

A Texas produce distributor has expanded a recall following the discovery of salmonella in cilantro and parsley. CNN reports that J&D Produce Inc., which on Monday issued the recall for cilantro and parsley packaged under the brand name Little Bear, has now included 19 additional lines of produce in its recall order. The company says…

Recall Rundown: Glucose Test Strips, Whole Food’s Gingerbread Houses and More

Millions of Diabetes Glucose Test Strips Recalled Gingerbread House Recall Issued by Whole Foods Market Desserts from Rolf’s Patisserie Making Consumers Sick Wal-Mart Stores Recall 2.2 Million Portable Electric Heaters

Inspector General Slams Air Safety Inspections

Amid one of the busiest U.S. travel periods of the year, a new report suggests that the Federal Aviation Administration may be asleep at the controls. The report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation slams the FAA for insufficient safety oversight of airlines operating in American skies, saying that the slowness…

British Bribery Law Worries U.S. Drug Companies

A new British anti-bribery law taking effect in April is spurring multinational companies to strengthen their compliance programs. According to The Wall Street Journal, British officials may use the law — modeled after the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act but considered more stringent — to target pharmaceutical companies. The Bribery Act, as the law is…

Despite Budget Increase, Health Care Fraud Cases Decline

With the U.S. Department of Justice getting more money to fight health care fraud, one might expect an increase in convictions. However, as the Center for Public Integrity reports, things didn’t work out that way last year. In 2009, despite a budget boost of $200 million, the number of criminal convictions for health care fraud…