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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

FDA shows its worthlessness

Be a rebel. Buy Nashoba Granola bread.

That would be my advertisement for the company after the Walter Pecks in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered the company to quit listing love as an ingredient.

You remember Walter Peck. He was the EPA official in "Ghostbusters" who ordered the Ghostbusters to shut down their ghost storage facility -- which wreaked havoc on New York City.

From the scene afterward:
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by dickless here.
Walter Peck: They caused an explosion!
Mayor: Is this true?
Dr. Peter Venkman: Yes it's true.
Dr. Peter Venkman: This man has no dick.
Walter Peck: Jeez!
[Charges at Venkman]
Mayor: Break it up! Hey, break this up! Break it up!
Walter Peck: All right, all right, all right!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Well, that's what I heard!
That was 33 years ago. That was fiction. That was comedy.

Now it is real.

From Bloomberg:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released a warning letter to Nashoba Brook Bakery, reprimanding the West Concord, Massachusetts-based baker and wholesaler about the ingredients it lists in its granola.
One, in particular.
“Your Nashoba Granola label lists ingredient ‘Love,’” the agency wrote in the Sept. 22 letter. “‘Love’ is not a common or usual name of an ingredient, and is considered to be intervening material because it is not part of the common or usual name of the ingredient.”
Nashoba Chief Executive Officer John Gates said the FDA’s take on love as an ingredient “just felt so George Orwell.”
“I really like that we list ‘love’ in the granola,” Gates said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “People ask us what makes it so good. It’s kind of nice that this artisan bakery can say there’s love in it and it puts a smile on people’s face. Situations like that where the government is telling you you can’t list ‘love’ as an ingredient, because it might be deceptive, just feels so silly.”
No one in their right mind thinks love is an ingredient.

But love is real. Real is love.

Sane people get the message.

But under some diversity, the FDA must have been forced to hire the insane.

The FDA has been around 111 years. It has 14,824 employees. It spends a whopping $4.4 billion a year. It has done nothing to stop opioid abuse.

But it can order people to take the love out of their bread.

Cut this bully's budget and staff in half.

And if that doesn't work, cut it in half again.

Insanity has consequences.


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  1. Keep cutting those worthless creeps in government!

  2. Maybe if their job description included personally taste-testing every item they make a ruling on the herd would thin out by itself. - Elric

  3. Why does the FDA hate John Lennon?

  4. Governments have no sense of humor. It's a traditional failing.

  5. I think you're starting to get it, Don. The FDA, etc., and licensing are supposed to have kept us safe. But bureaucratic solutions to problems leave many aspects of the problems untouched and don't 'cure'anything.

    A few Muslims fly a few planes into a building and we get the TSA for fucking ever. Are we safe?

    I'm the same doctor I would be whether I have a piece of paper from the government as I would be without it. How many times do you think I noticed a patient looking at my credentials and getting independent verification of them? Zero. If we had no system of licensing I bet at least a few would check. All government provides is a false sense of security.

  6. Nothing more than the political arm of the drug companies.

  7. The FDA banned the manufacture of effective asthma medications back in 2009, saying that while it was safe to breathe the medicine directly into one’s lungs, it would still destroy the ozone layer. People are very sick without their medicine.

  8. The primary (albeit unofficial) mission of the FDA is as lobbyist for the Big Pharma corporations and Big Medical corporations from which the FDA receives a substantial part of its budget. Anyone who thinks it is the health and welfare of the American public is woefully misguided.

  9. That sounds like the West Virginia Public Service Commission. They are supposed to protect West Virginians from public utilities like the water, gas, telephone, and electric companies, but they're more like a rubber stamp for all of the utility rate increases. - Elric

  10. Just FYI... there is more to this story... for from Fox NewsWebsite
    The Nashoba Brook Bakery in Concord made headlines on Oct. 4 for questionably listing "love" as an element of its granola, attention is now shifting towards the rest of the FDA's issues with the bakery: its "insanitary conditions."

    During a recent inspection, Food and Drug Administration agents found dirty ceiling vents and sprinklers directly above foods, gaping holes in the floor and ceiling, and unkempt cooking equipment, all topped off with a doughy residue shrouding counters, shelves, and production surfaces, notes Ars Technica, per the FDA's report.