The New York Times – F.D.A. Extends Deadline for Calorie Counts on Menus
The Food and Drug Administration has delayed by a year the deadline for the nation’s chain restaurants, pizza parlors and movie theaters to post calorie counts on their menus in what some consumer advocates said was a setback for public health but others contended would simply give companies enough time to comply.
Pressure had been growing to delay the rule, which was proposed in November and would have taken effect at the end of this year. Food companies — in particular, the pizza industry — had campaigned against it, saying it was onerous and in many cases served no purpose, as most Americans order pies over the phone and not in a restaurant, where they would see a menu. A measure in the House sought to delay compliance by a year.

The Associated Press – FDA strengthens heart risk warning in popular pain relievers
Federal health regulators are bolstering warning labels for popular pain relievers, adding information about the risk of heart attack and stroke in the short term.
The changes announced Thursday apply to prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, including arthritis treatments like Celebrex. The agency said it plans similar changes to over-the-counter drugs in the same class, such as Advil and Motrin.

Vox – There’s a big salmonella outbreak in the US because people keep kissing chickens
A big salmonella outbreak in the US has infected at least 181 people in 40 states. And it’s been caused, in part, by people getting a little too close to their live poultry — specifically, kissing and cuddling chicks, chickens, ducks, and ducklings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Eighty-six percent of the 95 ill people who were interviewed reported contact with live poultry in the week before their illness began … Many ill people in these outbreaks reported bringing the live poultry into their homes, and others reported kissing or cuddling with the live poultry. These behaviors increase a person’s risk of a salmonella infection.”

Newsweek – States to Start Cracking Down on E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
Frustrated by the slow pace of federal action, state attorneys general are waging their own campaigns against the sale and advertising of e-cigarettes to minors.
More than a dozen AGs, including those in New York, California, Indiana and Ohio, are using new state and local laws – some of which they helped craft – to put pressure on the industry at all levels, from neighborhood vape shops to big tobacco companies like Altria Group and Reynolds American Inc .