Lately I’ve been writing about food labeling. You know, that small print stuff that covers up what’s really happening in the food and supplement industry. Well, here’s another shocker that’s just come to light about, of all things, walnuts being warned by the FDA not to make claims about being healthy!
The way it works with the Food and Drug Administration is that they require all supplement labels – be they herbs, minerals or vitamins that mention anything about improving health to have the following warning:
“These statements have not been evaluated by the F.D.A. This product is not intended to prevent, diagnose or treat any disease”
Apparently, the purpose behind this is to “protect” us from assuming any of them are actually good for us. Though countless scientific studies have proven the value of many of these supplements, the FDA still wants us to believe that only drugs can prevent and/or treat a disease.
So what happens when Diamond Food advertises the benefits of the omega-3 fats found in its WALNUTS? The FDA sends them a threatening letter for making medical claims:
- Under current FDA law, if a food or natural supplement makes a medical claim, it’s automatically classified as a drug.
- Because Diamond Food claims that omega-3 fats in walnuts may prevent or protect against disease, they would have to be considered “new drugs” and as such require a new FDA-approved drug application.
This bizarre, and potentially dangerous pronouncement forces manufacturers that sell health-enhancing products to omit any claim that they’re good for you!
What will the FDA think of next?
Here’s a mock letter to Mother Nature from the FDA:
Dear Mother Nature:
We have discovered that you are making false claims about the benefits of the foods you’ve produced on the Planet. Kindly cease and desist from these claims or be ready to battle a lawsuit that will prevent you from stating that your products are healthy in any way.
You must realize that we have powerful lobbies in Washington and will put the full extent of our resources into halting your claims, even if you go so far as to have them scientifically proven.
And Monsanto is patenting seeds and suing farmers who use natural seeds untreated with GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). Backed by big bucks, they are transforming our food supply into chemicalized crops that are threatening all natural farming in America. It’s scary.
One more warning… if you do not comply you will be forced to stick labels on everything that grows, or alternatively, you can apply to have all fruits and vegetables and other natural foodstuffs be classified as drugs, and be dispensed by a physician.
The choice is yours,
Protecting the consumer day and night!