The hydrangeas are bursting huge blossoms in varied bright shades of pink and purple resembling firework explosions, appropriately enough. The lawn, however, has taken on that middle aged look – not unlike the gardener….
The week was a busy one for me and I barely had time to stop and take notice of what happened this week. Here are a few things that are worth mentioning:
- FDA Gets Consent Decree with Supplement Manufacturer – The agency announced yesterday that a consent decree had been entered with a New York dietary supplement manufacturer. As a standalone issue, it is worth noting for those who have ever wondered about the boundaries regarding claims that dietary supplements may make – as the decree comes after the issuance of a prior warning letter last year. But it is also noteworthy for us FDA-watchers because it is one of a number of consent decrees announced this year, perhaps indicating a heightened level of enforcement at FDA.
- June 30 Was Social Media Day – It would have been really neat if the FDA had been able to release its long-awaited guidance on social media and the internet yesterday on the widely declared Social Media Day - but they didn’t…. And for all their transparency, they won’t tell us when they will release it. On a separate note, the Twitter blog announced that the service was now seeing 200 million Tweets per day. Twitter also launched “Twitter for Newsrooms” this week – a twitter guide for journalists. Lastly, Mashable carried the news that there are now 100,000 different apps for the iPad. While FDA stands still, the social media world continues to march on.
- Food Safety Twitter Feeds – On the EyeonFDA Twitter feed – I have curated a group of twitter feeds that are focused on the issue of food safety. There are currently 10 twitter feeds included – such as USDA Food Safety, Food Safety News and many others. If you would like to follow what is being tweeted on this all important topic, this feed will allow you to see the best of the best in Food Safety Tweets!
That’s it for me this week. Enjoy your Independence Day weekend. See you next week.