Cassandra Leger

Cassandra Leger is a contributing writer for Life Science Connect who writes regular life sciences news features for several markets. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Berkeley College.


  • FDA Chimes In On Western Sugar Cooperative’s Beet Products Recall

    Following an early-January fatal accident at the company’s Lovell, WY facility, the FDA has overseen the product recall, sanitation, and re-opening processes. The FDA released a statement on Tuesday, Jan 28 addressing the voluntary recall of beet products created by Western Sugar Cooperative. A fatal accident at the company’s Lovell, WY plant may have caused contamination in some of the plant’s products.

  • Could There Be Cancer In Your Cola?

    FDA begins testing for carcinogenic chemical found in dark soft drinks. Last week, the FDA expressed concern about a chemical commonly found in dark soft drinks. The chemical, 4-methyliminazole (4-Mel), is an impurity produced when caramel coloring is added to cola to give the product its signature color. A study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer indicates 4-Mel is a possible human carcinogen.

  • Major Changes Upcoming To FSMA Proposals

    FDA to revise two important food safety regulations in summer 2014. Keeping up with obligations to ensure that food is safe for American consumers, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed revisions will be made to new rules proposed in early 2013 regarding produce safety and preventive controls for human food. The decision to make changes comes nearly three full years after President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law back in 2011.