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E-cig users face new but familiar rule

Juneau resident Todd Mace picked up electronic cigarette use about a year ago as a healthier option while he tried to kick a decade-long cigarette habit.

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-07-08/e-cig-users-face-new-familiar-rule
Local
Fukushima radiation not found in Alaska seafood

ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials say testing of Alaska seafood revealed no radiation contamination from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by a tsunami in 2011.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-06-29/fukushima-radiation-not-found-alaska-se
State
Sitka processor recalls 2 years' worth of product

...recall covers all vacuum-packed smoked fish produced by Big Blue Fisheries for the last two years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall last week.Mike Keating, with Big Blue, says his company cooperated with state and...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-10-08/sitka-processor-recalls-2-years-worth-p
State
40 AGs urge tight regulation of e-cigarettes

BOSTON - Forty attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday urging the agency to meet its own deadline and regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-09-25/40-ags-urge-tight-regulation-e-cigarett
State
Decades-old question: Is antibacterial soap safe?

WASHINGTON - It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's basinet.

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2013-05-03/decades-old-question-antibacterial-so
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IHS expands access to Plan B for Native women

FLAGSTAFF - Native American women seeking emergency contraception at Indian Health Services facilities managed by the federal government now can get it without a consultation or prescription.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-09-20/ihs-expands-access-plan-b-native-women
State
On-farm food safety workshops available to food growers statewide

...ensure food safety practices at a farm or garden. The workshops also will help educate farmers about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act. The workshops target growers selling to retail stores or farmers' markets...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2013-08-09/farm-food-safety-workshops-available
Outdoors
Alaska lawmakers face down GMO salmon

Genetically-modified salmon is nearing federal approval for human consumption and Alaska's sate and federal lawmakers have taken up torches against what they refer to as "Frankenfish.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-02-23/alaska-lawmakers-face-down-gmo-salmon
State
Dead orca had high levels of poison

ANCHORAGE - A killer whale that was stranded and died last summer outside Cordova was carrying high levels of industrial poisons in its body, offering yet more evidence that pollutants produced thousands of miles away continue to accumulate at the top of Alaska's marine food chain.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/072301/sta_Orca.shtml
News
Regulators propose changes to state's food safety program

JUNEAU - State regulators who say their food safety program doesn't work as it was intended are considering a plan to require restaurant managers to inspect their own businesses. "Our goal is to develop a program that we can deliver and that protects, and we clearly needed to take a different tack," said Ernesta Ballard, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation. "We were not performing," Ballard said.

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/091103/bus_regs.shtml
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