GNC Drops as U.S. to Announce Action on Supplement Makers

GNC Holdings Inc. and Vitamin Shoppe Inc. plunged Tuesday on plans by the Justice Department, the Food and Drug Administration and other U.S. agencies to announce criminal and civil enforcement actions over the advertising and sale of dietary supplements.

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Chipotle’s Mass Restaurant Closings And America’s Broken Food Safety System – BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN NOV 1, 2015 12:17PM



Dozens of Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon are temporarily closing due to an outbreak of E. coli. Health officials have linked 19 cases in Washington and three in Oregon to Chipotles in those states. Eight people have been hospitalized: Seven from Washington, one from Oregon.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, though the outbreak appears to be connected to food served at Chipotle, the specific source of contamination has yet to be determined and is still under investigation. The restaurants have closed voluntarily while awaiting updated information.

In a statement, State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist implored anyone who thinks they may have fallen sick from eating at Chipotle within the past three weeks should consult a healthcare provider, particularly “the elderly and very young children,” who “are more likely to become severely ill from this kind of E. coli infection.”

The investigation is being conducted by local and state health officials along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington State Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The bacon freak-out: Why the WHO’s cancer warnings cause so much confusion – Updated by Brad Plumer on October 26, 2015, 4:58 p.m. ET

On Monday, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced “there is convincing evidence” that eating bacon, salami, hot dogs, and other processed meats can increase the risk of cancer in humans.

Sadly, that ushered in a lot of sloppy journalism and needless panic. Some news outlets are suggesting that processed meat is now considered just as bad for you as cigarette smoke. That is wildly false.

The main thing the IARC established was a casual link between eating processed meat and certain types of cancer in humans, chiefly colorectal cancer. But the actual risk is quite modest — and far, far smaller than the cancer risks from smoking. Munching on the occasional bacon strip simply isn’t that dangerous.

The trouble is that the IARC uses a very confusing scale for classifying carcinogens. The group first examines various substances — from sunlight to alcohol to various chemicals — and then reviews all scientific evidence to see whether these substances can be linked to any type of cancer in humans. The group then classifies these substances based on the answer to this question. Here’s a chart:

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IARC classifications. (Compound Interest)


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The best thing to eat in every state – Sophie-Claire Hoeller and Talia Avakian Oct. 15, 2015, 11:03 AM

pastrami burgerFlickr/Andres RodriguezGo for a juicy pastrami burger in Utah.

From sea to sea, America is jam-packed with amazing foods and local specialties.

From regional delicacies to to-die-for dishes, we found the one food you should eat in every US state.

We chose the most iconic and famous dishes, taking local recommendations into consideration, and picking items you simply can’t get anywhere else.

Whether you have a sweet tooth, a preference for spice, or love biting into a succulent piece of steak, we’ve got you covered.