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Is This Stuff Legal? FDA Files on New Dietary Ingredients

Everybody is looking for a pill that makes them look and feel better, and the dietary supplement industry is happy to oblige. With new products hitting the market daily, this project aims to catalogue the new dietary ingredient notifications that manufacturers have sent to the FDA, which have been accepted, and which have been objected to.

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The Mercury in Our Mouths

For over a century, dental professionals have been using amalgams containing mercury to fill cavities. But in an age of assumption testing, is tradition enough to keep it up? Help MuckRock find out what the federal government has to say about the most controversial element in our mouths today.

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Charged with boosting health supplements, ex-FDA and current natural products executive has long history of harassment and discrimination complaints

Charged with boosting health supplements, ex-FDA and current natural products executive has long history of harassment and discrimination complaints

A number of people at different employers have made complaints about being harassed and bullied by Dr. Daniel Fabricant for the past several years. Yet, after a stint at the Food and Drug Administration, he remains the CEO of the largest dietary supplement lobbying group in the nation and treasurer of its Political Action Committee.

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Using records to inspect your snacks, understand Chicago surveillance, and following the  money in law school gifts

Using records to inspect your snacks, understand Chicago surveillance, and following the money in law school gifts

Public records helped tell some important stories this week, ranging from the hidden dangers of the food we eat to the data that increasingly shapes our lives. Here’s some inspiration for your own transparency fight.

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FBI file on controversial steroid guru Daniel Duchaine reveal his skill at evading the authorities

FBI file on controversial steroid guru Daniel Duchaine reveal his skill at evading the authorities

Author of the “Underground Steroid Handbook,” Daniel Duchaine is a controversial figure in the bodybuilding world, once described as a “cross between Andy Kaufman and Albert Einstein, with some Bart Simpson thrown in.” A recent release of Federal Bureau of Investigation records on Duchaine reveal him as not only an expert on masking the use of anabolic steroids in athletes, but also an expert at masking their trafficking from the FBI.

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Public records help expose DUI cover ups, killer EpiPens, and dangerous drivers

Public records help expose DUI cover ups, killer EpiPens, and dangerous drivers

A lot of stories would just never come to life unless someone thought to request information about it. Sometimes those requests are inspired by a tip from a source or just a hunch a reporter has. Sometimes its filing just to see what comes back.

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Using public records to pierce Palantir's secrecy and unmask Trader Joe's true identity

Using public records to pierce Palantir’s secrecy and unmask Trader Joe’s true identity

Sometimes just one FOIA request can change how we think about everything - and sometimes it takes a whole fleet of requests. Whether you’re a veteran public records guru or someone just starting to get interested in government transparency, here’s some creative uses of public records we’ve seen and tips you can use.

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