Saturday, August 6, 2011

Walnuts Are Drugs--Says FDA


Seen any walnuts in your medicine cabinet lately? According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is precisely where you should find them. Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didn’t approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, “Your walnut products are drugs” — and “new drugs” at that — and, therefore, “they may not legally be marketed … in the United States without an approved new drug application.” The agency even threatened Diamond with “seizure” if it failed to comply.
Diamond’s transgression was to make “financial investments to educate the public and supply them with walnuts,” as William Faloon of Life Extension magazine put it.

 “The FDA’s language,” Faloon writes, “resembles that of an out-of-control police state where tyranny [reigns] over rationality.” He adds:
This kind of bureaucratic tyranny sends a strong signal to the food industry not to innovate in a way that informs the public about foods that protect against disease. While consumers increasingly reach for healthier dietary choices, the federal government wants to deny food companies the ability to convey findings from scientific studies about their products.

Read more in The New American


Gorges Smythe said...

I KNEW there was a reason that I liked walnuts! They're DOPE, man! COOL!

Trestin said...

The FDA needs to go away.

Scott said...

I can't get enough of them myself Ser Smythe! Pecans are going to be next. I have to get to my uncle's place in SC to get some before they are banned. There is one lawyer worth his salt Trestin who has won many cases against the FDA--after spending millions of course!