Has the FDA gone "nuts"?

Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA

Seen any walnuts in your medicine cabinet lately? According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is precisely where you should find them. Because Diamond Foods made truthful claims about the health benefits of consuming walnuts that the FDA didn’t approve, it sent the company a letter declaring, “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.


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  • Sean
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Best Answer

    If you pay attention to the present actions of the FDA, FCC, ATF, TSA......it shows the type of government they answer to; appears to be tyrannical and unwarily blatant about it.

    How is the E coli outbreak in Europe going; heard it's possible the same type of cronyism happened there as you're discribing. Germany didn't want genetically modified foods any longer, so the FDA, Monsanto or someone similar infected their foods with a lab engineered form of E coli.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I read the story differently. Diamond was making unsubstantiated claims about health benefits that break Federal rules and the FDA was basically telling them prove it or remove the claim.

    The FDA (in the original letter) was not calling walnuts a drug. They were saying very clearly, the manner in which Diamond was advertising made claims "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." This rule is in effect to protect the consumer from un-supported claims of health benefits or overly exaggerated claims

    They go on to say "There is not sufficient evidence to identify a biologically active substance in walnuts that reduces the risk of CHD. Therefore, the above statement is an unauthorized health claim." and advice them to amend their advertising. They do not tell Diamond they need to have walnuts reclassified, just to stop the exaggerated sales pitch.

    FYI the seizure means any products with the exaggerated medical claims, not the entire crop.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    And you can't say citrus prevents scurvy (even though it does)(why British sailors were called limeys)

    Kevin Trudeau has been sued by them as well for his book of natural cures they don't want you to know about.

    Aspirin would be a prescription drug if it came out under the FDA.

    Just goes to show how overstaffed & job scared they are. Desperate for something, anything to do so they can maintain the facade of necessity to justify their expense.

    Typical government agency, administration, service.

    50% of them could easily go away tomorrow, with no ill effects.

  • 8 years ago

    And you wonder why the US economy is stagnant. This kind of government idiocy is everywhere, on all types of businesses.

    I thank all the fine bureaucrats at the FDA for saving me from those evil walnut growers. Big Walnut must be reigned in.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    They can't make money off health foods, or food in general because their genetics aren't tampered with and patented.

    If the FDA and big pharma could they would have everybody laying in a hospital bed dying taking the most expensive drugs and doing the most expensive procedures. It's just smart business practices.

    Keep em' dying and they'll keep buying. :D

    If you're in the medical business, and you're looking to heal everybody. You're soon to be out of business.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    FDA is saving peoples lives folks

    its one of most useful programs the usa has ever invented

    cons plz WE NEED THE FDA otherwise you could die an not even know why

  • JoeBob
    Lv 5
    8 years ago

    they did cheerios cereal the same way because it said on the box that eating it would lower cholesterol. they had to stop saying that

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    as usual you distort the facts to suit the republican agenda

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