|FDA: "...your walnut products are drugs."|
The Food and Drug Administration [FDA], the American version of the MHRA, have issued a warning letter to Diamond Food, Inc because they have determined that walnuts are drugs!
Roberta Wagner, Director for the Office of Compliance, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, issued the letter back in Feb 2010. Apparently, Diamond Food, Inc's labeling for their "Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts" was in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Based on claims made on your firm's website, we have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease. The following are examples of the claims made on your firm's website under the heading of a web page stating "OMEGA-3s ... Every time you munch a few walnuts, you're doing your body a big favor.":
Because of these intended uses, your walnut products are drugs within the meaning of section 201 (g)(1)(B) of the Act...
Well, knock me down with a feather!
It's a great pity the FDA didn't come down on the pharmaceutical companies who claimed their antidepressant type drugs corrected a chemical imbalance...when there was no proof that a chemical imbalance ever existed...then again, why would they? The FDA, like their British counterparts, the MHRA, rely on money from the pharmaceutical industry to help pay their wages. Had they been in the pocket of Diamond Food, Inc then I doubt if this would be an issue.
Some time ago GlaxoSmithKline were busted for making claims that their soft drink, Ribena, was "full of vitamin C". Two New Zealand schoolgirls had carried out a science experiment and found that Ribena wasn't full of vitamin C at all. Did the FDA send Glaxo a warning letter about that particular claim?
Medicine regulators seem hell bent on going after the small man. Any natural remedy is, it appears, deemed as a threat to pharmaceutical products. Maybe this will open the door for pharma who may add, "Every time you take our antidepressant, you're doing your body a big favour." to their labeling?
The FDA warning letter can be read HERE.
**In other news: Former Soft Cell frontman, Marc Almond, has been sent a warning letter by medicine regulators for promoting the use of almonds.
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