The FDA approves harmful food additives. When it comes to food and nutrition, the FDA consistently gets it wrong. One the one hand, the agency allows dangerous additives in our food and tells us they are perfectly safe; on the other hand, consumers are warned about the dangers of saturated fat and dietary supplements, which piles of scientific evidence prove are safe and healthy. Dangerous artificial sweeteners, wood pulp in grated cheese, potassium bromate in baked goods—these are just some of the FDA-approved substances in our food. Read more….
The FDA wants to treat supplements as additives. One of the reasons DSHEA, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, was created was to define dietary supplements very clearly as food and not drugs. This is critical to maintaining access to high quality, natural food-supplements. Unfortunately, the FDA is considering significantly expanding the scope of its guidance called “Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients”—also called “the Redbook”—to inappropriately include nutritional supplements and supplement ingredients. Read more….
The FDA gives bad nutrition advice to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The FDA and other federal agencies offer routinely bad advice concerning the good things that are in our food—like vitamin D, sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat. Published every five years for public health professionals, the government’s Dietary Guidelines is supposed to reflect the current body of nutrition science, to help Americans make healthy food choices and inform nutrition policies and programs across the US. The FDA’s recommendations are woefully out of date with current science, and their advice is actually making American sicker. Read more….
The FDA capitulates to the sugar lobby. For an agency whose stated mission includes being “responsible for…helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need” to maintain and improve their health, the FDA has an odd way of showing it. The FDA announced a proposal to include a daily recommended value (DRV) for “added sugars” on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods and dietary supplements. Read more…