American Heart Association

FDA asked to extend its jurisdiction to all tobacco products

With the 5th anniversary of the landmark tobacco law looming, the American Heart Association called on the Food and Drug Administration to do much more.

Nine public health groups joined in a public statement on Thursday asking the FDA to extend its jurisdiction, with no exception, to all tobacco products, […]

Government to issue guidelines for lowering sodium in foods

Food manufacturers and restaurants — suppliers of three-fourths of the sodium in Americans’ diets — may soon be asked by the government to lower sodium in their foods.

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to issue voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels, agency commissioner Margaret […]

Government advises more fish for some women, kids

The federal government is urging pregnant women, those who may become pregnant, breastfeeding mothers and young children to eat more fish – but also to be careful not to take in too much mercury.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency issued an advisory this week […]

Q&A: Weighing potential benefits and risks of daily aspirin therapy

A daily dose of aspirin should not be used routinely to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in people who don’t have cardiovascular disease or evidence of heart disease, according to U.S. regulators. They cite a lack of research showing such treatment is beneficial to those who aren’t […]

FDA proposes regulation of electronic cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules Thursday that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and require health warnings on the nicotine-delivery devices. The move has long been urged by health organizations worried that the products target young people and could get them hooked on tobacco.

E-cigarettes have become increasingly […]

Unhealthy fats finally falling out of favor

Unhealthy fats — for decades a slippery slope in the American diet — are finally falling out of favor.

The Food and Drug Administration ruled in November that partially hydrogenated fats don’t meet the criteria for their “generally recognized as safe” category, starting the process to dramatically reduce trans fats […]

FDA hearing highlights research gaps for women, minorities and the elderly

Rose Marie Robertson, M.D., Chief Science Officer of the American Heart Association, testified at a Food and Drug Administration public hearing Tuesday to address gaps in how certain groups of people are represented in research trials used in drug and medical device approval applications. She also addressed how safety […]

How food label changes can lead you to healthier choices

The FDA proposed major changes to food labels on Thursday to help make it easier for people to choose healthier foods and drinks, but what exactly are the changes and how could they help us be more mindful of what we’re eating and serving our families?

Three consumer alerts from the FDA […]

Big changes in store for food labels

The Food and Drug Administration for the first time in two decades proposed sweeping changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods at a White House announcement on Thursday.

The proposals would require food manufacturers to list added sugars, nutrition counts for more-realistic portion sizes and total nutrition information for multiple […]

For the first time, federal regulators order tobacco products off the shelves

Federal regulators ordered four tobacco products off the market Friday, the first time the Food and Drug Administration has taken such an action since it was given regulatory authority in 2009.

The FDA ordered Jash International Inc. to stop selling four Sutra-branded cigarettes called bidis, which are thin, hand-rolled cigarettes […]