Saturday, July 23, 2011

FDA cites Diamond Foods for Selling Walnuts

For weeks we have been hearing the Obama – Tester - Baucus –Rehberg spin on raising the debt ceiling and cutting taxes/raising taxes etc. No one wants to admit we are just plain overspending ourselves into a state of impending bankruptcy. I know, you don’t even have to post the comment, it’s all Bush’s, Obama’s Testers’s, Rehberg’s or someone else’s fault. Why can’t anyone get on board for just plain cutting our spending back to match our income? Seems like a simple enough solution to me and it is what we do at our house.

Life Extension Magazine, a magazine about nutrition, health and welfare, had a perfect example of tax funded bureaucrats run amuck in this month’s issue. It seems that Diamond Foods who are the people that package up various nuts you find in the baking aisle at the grocery store has been printing some claims on the packages of walnuts touting the health benefits of consuming nuts. Even though these claims are backed up by scientific studies the FDA rushed in to “regulate” them as an unlicensed drug manufacture.

The article in Life Extension said that;
Last year the FDA determined that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed because the walnuts “are not generally recognized as safe and effective” for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Foods’ website. According to the FDA, these walnuts were classified as “drugs” and the “unauthorized health claims” cause them to become “misbranded,” thus subjecting them to government “seizure or injunction.”
Government seizure or injunction?  Give me a break, this is just one more example of our own government throwing up job killing hurdles in front of anyone trying to do business in the USA. It is time to call Senators Baucus and Tester along with Congressman Rehberg and tell them a good place to start cutting the budget would be with a reduction at the FDA followed up with a trimming of a couple thousand job-killing positions over at the EPA. When are the American people going to rise up and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?

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