Tuesday, May 8, 2012

All Hail the Police State, part 4

This is an older story, but it really highlights the problem with rampant authoritarian bureaucracies.  See, a company stated that eating their walnuts is good for your heart.  In fact, some scientific journals like  The New England Journal of Medicine have said the same thing.  I mean, search on the phrase "health benefits of walnuts" and you get more than 300,000 results.  It's a relatively common idea that walnuts have health benefits.

Soon the kids will be freebasing these
However, the FDA decided to send a letter to a seller of walnuts and tell them to stop selling them as a food because they are regulated as a drug.  By selling walnuts as a food the company was in violation of FDA guidelines because they didn't include instructions on how to take the walnuts like a drug.  Here is an excerpt from the actual letter sent:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the label for your "Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts" products and your website at www.diamondnuts.com. Based on our review, we have concluded that your walnut products are in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and the applicable regulations in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR).

Welcome to the future folks, this is the direction we're going to keep heading unless people make it a priority to reverse.

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