Tag: swine flu

From Onions to Chicken Soup: The Wall Street Journal Weighs in On Home Flu Remedies

Melinda Beck has a terrific article in today’s Wall Street Journal about home remedies for the H1N1 virus and (as we have previously blogged) the FDA’s efforts to reign in those making unsupported marketing claims for their remedies.  One remedy sweeping the blogosphere like wildfire is the use of onions to soak up flu bugs.  … Continue Reading

FDA’s Searchable Widget for Fraudulent H1N1 (Swine) Flu Products

Ken has previously blogged about liability issues relating to H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu.  Today, the FDA has issued a widget to allow employers, consumers and others to browse and search fraudulent H1N1 influenza products and report suspected fraud. The widget can be copied onto any other Web site or blog.  The FDA had previously … Continue Reading

Hamburg Confirmed by Voice Vote in Senate

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, President Obama’s nominee to head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday by a voice vote.  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee had moved up her confirmation hearings because of the imminent threat of H1N1 influenza, and she sailed through both the heaings and action … Continue Reading

Secretary of Agriculture Emphasizes Safety of U.S. Pork

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued a statement today emphasizing that U.S. pork products are safe and that there is no evidence that U.S. swine have been infected with the swine flu virus. Calling trade restrictions on pork or pork products unnecessary, Vilsack said any such restrictions would be inconsistent with World Organization for Animal … Continue Reading

Pork Producers Feel Effects of Swine Flu

Pork producers are feeling the effects of the swine flu as the number of reported cases of the virus increases.  Stock prices for Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, and Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, fell 12 percent and 9 percent today, respectively.  The Wall Street Journal reports that the prices of hogs, corn, and … Continue Reading
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