Do you have walnuts in your medicine cabinet? You should definitely have because according to Food and Drug Administration claims they are drugs. The Diamond Foods have declared that walnuts contain health benefits, but the FDA didn’t approve it, and have declared the following: “Your walnut products are drugs” — and “new drugs” at that — and, therefore, “they may not legally be marketed … in the United States without an approved new drug application.” The agency even threatened Diamond with “seizure” if it failed to comply.
The Diamond’s transgressions have decided to make investment in educating the public and supplying them with walnuts. On the website of the Life Extension magazine and on the package of the company it says that the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts contain health benefits, and it reduces the risk of heart diseases. Also they state that walnuts can reduce the risk of cancer. According to these claims made by William Faloon, there is scientific research that concludes these claims. He states: “Life Extension has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts”; and “The US National Library of Medicine database contains no fewer than 35 peer-reviewed published papers supporting a claim that ingesting walnuts improves vascular health and may reduce heart attack risk.”
For the FDA, these evidence have been not enough and they have decided to told the Diamond that the walnuts are misbranded due to the “product bears health claims that are not authorized by the FDA.”
In the letter of FDA they have also stated “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.” In regards to the term “misbranded” they state “walnuts are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes.” Let’s be honest, no one knew that you have to had directions to eat walnuts?
Falloon replied: “The FDA’s language,resembles that of an out-of-control police state where tyranny [reigns] over rationality.”
Furthermore he adds:
“This kind of bureaucratic tyranny sends a strong signal to the food industry not to innovate in a way that informs the public about foods that protect against disease. While consumers increasingly reach for healthier dietary choices, the federal government wants to deny food companies the ability to convey findings from scientific studies about their products.”
The FDA has tried to suppress only walnuts as unhealthy and that they don’t contain any health benefits. Also companies that have produced pomegranate juice and green tea have felt the bureaucracy wrath every time they have suggested that the products are good for people.
As Faloon points out, the foods that have been advertised endlessly often have suspicious health claims. For example, Frito-Lay is allowed to do any kind of claims in regards to the fat-laden and fried products, and advertise them as heart healthy. He concludes: “the FDA obviously does not want the public to discover that they can reduce their risk of age-related disease by consuming healthy foods. They prefer consumers only learn about mass-marketed garbage foods that shorten life span by increasing degenerative disease risk.”
According to Faloon, this is all related to the stifling the competition from companies that produce more healthy alternatives compared to the junk food manufacturers. Also he believes that the heavy lobby to the federal government leads to favorable treatment which increases the profits of these companies. On the other hand, if Americans consume healthier foods, the big pharmaceutical companies will find it difficult to sell their products.
The constitution actually supposed to regulate this and if followed this will not be necessary. The FDA shouldn’t censor any speech through the Congress, and if companies make false claims about their products they should be hold accountable. Since there is no government agency that can guarantee the safety of the foods and drugs, consumers will be more discerning. Faloon adds: “If anyone still thinks that federal agencies like the FDA protect the public, this proclamation that healthy foods are illegal drugs exposes the government’s sordid charade.”