Stories by Mary Clare Jalonick

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Mylan CEO defends EpiPen prices to angry lawmakers

WASHINGTON - Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its life-saving EpiPens and the profits ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FDA sodium guidelines are recommended

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

New dietary guidelines suggest lean meat Ok, but cut added sugars

The Obama administration's new dietary guidelines, released Thursday, back off the strictest sodium rules included in the last version, while still asserting that Americans consume too much ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

US origin of meat labels end amid retaliation threat

WASHINGTON - It's now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

New rules on produce safety aim to prevent foodborne illnesses

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants you to eat your fruits and vegetables. They also want the produce to be safe.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015

FDA releases new food safety rules after delays

WASHINGTON - Food manufacturers must be more vigilant about keeping their operations clean under new government safety rules released Thursday in the wake of deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Monday, July 13, 2015

Justice Department to food companies: Poison customers, risk fines

After a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they poison their customers.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Farmers eager to use drones wait to receive legal clearance

Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FDA tells food industry to phase out artificial trans fats

Obama administration says trans fats are health threat, tells food industry to phase them out.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, May 14, 2015

USDA creates GMO-free labeling

The Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Listeria found in Blue Bell plants in 2013

WASHINGTON - Blue Bell ice cream had evidence of listeria bacteria in its Oklahoma manufacturing plant as far back as March 2013, a government investigation found. 
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

Feds limit school bake sales

WASHINGTON - When it comes to school fundraisers, bake sale tables loaded with sugary goodies are out. 
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus

WASHINGTON — Consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating popcorn at the ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Officials seize more than 1,200 snails

WASHINGTON - The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

EPA to decide whether to boost use of herbicide

WASHINGTON - Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide - and on genetically modified ...
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Coffee fungus raising prices for high-end blends

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease - and hold down the price of your morning cup.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Number of US farms declines, farmers getting older

WASHINGTON - A government census of agriculture released Thursday shows there were a total of 2.1 million farms in the United States in 2012, down a little more than 4 percent from 2007.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

FDA takes another look at caramel coloring in soda

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Ad­min­istration says there's no reason to believe that the coloring added to sodas is unsafe. But the agency is taking another look just to make sure.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

FDA to revise nutrition facts label

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved over the last 20 years, and the labels need to reflect that.
By Mary Clare Jalonick

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

FDA banning trans fat

WASHINGTON - Mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of trans fats for good.
By Mary Clare Jalonick
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