Please. Stop. Just stop it. I’m not stupid. I know me Lucky Charms are not magic. I know Frosted Flakes are not …”Greaaaat” for you. I know Count Chocula isn’t a real monster and Tricks aren’t just for kids. Stop it pleaseeeeee.
The federal government is wading into the supermarket aisle, making its first effort to provide better nutritional information on food products since it developed the black-and-white Nutrition Facts label 15 years ago.
Margaret A. Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Tuesday that shoppers are bombarded by slogans (“Heart Healthy,” “Good for You,” “A Better Choice”) on products and that the government needs to set standards and knock down spurious claims.
“As a mother of two who frequently finds herself racing down the grocery aisle hoping to grab foods that are healthy for my family, I would welcome the day that I can look on the front of packages and see nutrition information I can trust and use,” she said. “As the commissioner of FDA, I see it as my responsibility, and the responsibility of this administration, to help make that happen.
The FDA is going after cereals. Not pharmaceuticals that might kill you, or medical instruments that might save you. The FDA is going after cereals. Our own Attorney General jumped into this earlier and The New Britain Herald thinks this is a swell idea.
I do not and neither does one of my talk show idols Hugh Hewitt:
What there is is a new push for nanny-statism that boggles the mind. Read the Times and Post stories closely, and you will see there FDA representatives fairly straining to break out into full “big brother” mode and regulate every food package in America.
Oh … and says Hugh, a practicing attorney himself … think about the law suits:
The problem isn’t just the FDA of course, but also the legions of plaintiffs’ lawyers who need a replacement for cigarette and asbestos plaintiffs. Imagine the vista that is opening before them as they consider suits for damages brought against makers of all sorts of food products which can be alleged to have contributed to Dick’s and Jane’s diabetes developing at age 10 due to chronic obesity. The jury will be presented with the FDA’s statements and experts will testify on how the Fruit Loops fairly lept from the shelves into the mouths of children everywhere. Cha-ching.
Cha-ching indeed. Tort reform … please!
Update: Catch that little green guy … don’t worry … they will.