U.S. Approves Weight-Loss Drug for Obese Dogs
January 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Susan Heavey, Reuters
The first prescription weight-loss drug to treat Americans' increasingly plump pooches won U.S. approval Friday, aimed at millions of overweight dogs with busy, treat-giving owners.
E. Coli Outbreaks Have Industry, Government Increasing Safety Efforts
January 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press
In light of food poisoning outbreaks involving spinach and lettuce, the U.S. government and the produce industry are scrambling to make leafy greens safer before the spring planting season.
Cloned Hamburger Meat Still Seen a Long Way Off
December 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Bob Burgdorfer, Reuters
It may be years before consumers will be buying fast-food hamburgers or grilling T-bone steaks made from cloned cattle because the cloning process is too expensive and currently is not commercially viable.
FDA Set to OK Food From Cloned Animals
December 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press
The government has decided that food from cloned animals is safe to eat and does not require special labeling. The Food and Drug Administration planned to brief industry groups in advance of an announcement Thursday morning.
WWII-Era German Submarine Loaded with Poisonous Cargo Still Haunting Norway
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press
The rusting wreckage of a U-864, sunk off the coast of Norway in a desperate mission to supply Japan with advanced weapons technology, now poses a major environmental threat due to its poisonous cargo: 70 tons of mercury.
EPA, Air Force Dispute Cleanup
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Amanda Lehmert, Cape Cod Times
Air Force officials have proposed allowing a portion of the so-called Ashumet Valley groundwater contamination plume to continue to dissipate until it dilutes below levels that are considered harmful to humans.
Multistate Lawsuit against EPA Seeks to Lower Soot Levels, Save Lives
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Gormley, Associated Press
More than a dozen states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to lower soot levels from smokestacks and exhaust pipes, a move the state officials argue would save thousands of lives.
EU States Give Formal Backing to New Chemicals Law
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
European Union governments gave their formal backing on Monday to a new law to reform the chemicals sector after EU lawmakers passed a compromise deal on the rules last week.
Groups Urge Fish Consumption Advisory
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press
The nation's largest gold-producing state is being asked to investigate whether mercury emissions from its mines are contaminating area fisheries.
Thousands of Ducks Mysteriously Dying in Idaho
December 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters
Officials scrambled Wednesday to determine what has caused the deaths of thousands of mallard ducks in south-central Idaho near the Utah border.