FDA Warns Against Teething Gel

If you’ve ever been a parent of a newborn, you know teething can be uncomfortable for everyone involved.  Now, the Food and Drug Administration is warning parents about some of the options to soothe the teething pain. In many cases, parents and caregivers rub medication on their infants’ gums.  Now, the FDA is warning those products … Continue reading »

Local Cheesemakers Stand up to FDA

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. – Vern Caldwell gently brushes the rind of an aged wheel of cheese over an open grate as he prepares it for cutting. The act of love is the culmination of a process rife with age-old tradition. “Some of the most important things we do are the same as it has been … Continue reading »

Are E-Cigarette Ads Targeting Teens?

(CNN) — The number of teens exposed to E-cigarette ads has exploded, increasing the likelihood that they’ll one day try smoking, according to a study published in the Journal Pediatrics. Ads for traditional cigarettes have been banned from TV since 1971, but E-cigs are now fair game. Researchers found youth exposure to E-cigarette ads increased … Continue reading »

FDA Investigating Dog Treats from China

(CNN) — Dog owners should be wary of what treats they’re giving their furry companions. The FDA is issuing a new health warning about jerky pet treats imported from China. The agency reported some 1,800 new cases of pet illnesses since the last warning in October. The FDA said the majority of the jerky treats … Continue reading »

Spent Grain Proposal Worries Brewers

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Food and Drug Administration announced on their website today the will make a new proposal later this summer on brewing by-products. This, after senator Wyden met with local brewers about the F.D.A. old proposal. “When caldera moved their brewery to their new location in Ashland, they invested in equipment to help … Continue reading »

FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fat

MEDFORD, Ore. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to ban trans fat included in foods. Trans fat enhances the flavor and makes the food taste better but ingesting it comes at a health risk. “When they get into our digestive system, it turns to sludge. So, trans fats cause an increase in … Continue reading »

U.S.D.A. Inspections Not Impacted

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — While the government remains shut down in Washington D.C, Taylor’s Sausage Inc. in Cave Junction is still up and running. Owner Terry Taylor said initially he thought the inspectors would be impacted by the federal shut down, but the position is deemed essential. “They are actually working on kind of an … Continue reading »

New COPD Drug Announced

By Rob Scott MEDFORD, Ore. — The FDA has announced that a new treatment is available for those suffering from COPD. The current staff at the Sun Stone Medical Research helped document trial runs of the newly approved Tudorza Pressair. A patient who NewsWatch12’s Rob Scott spoke with was a part of that study and … Continue reading »