Contaminated spices: In a report the FDA says testing of imported spices showed that spices were twice as likely as other inspected foods to be contaminated with the pathogen. More than 80 different types of salmonella were detected.
Oklahoma's high court on Tuesday reaffirmed that a state law restricting chemically induced abortions is unconstitutional. The US Supreme Court will now decide whether to examine such restrictions. Are they permissible regulation or an undue burden on women seeking abortions?
The government shutdown means the FDA has furloughed 45 percent of its workers, and the agency's routine food inspections have been put on hold. Experts warn that even a short government shutdown could be a lasting problem for the already underfunded FDA.