Dear TYH Readers, a cursory web search on a subject brought to my attention by a visitor to TYH re: FDA Policies, in my view, merit closer investigation. I would not venture to say why the FDA has taken the stance that: “cherries” and now “walnuts,” are considered “drugs” because of claims they enhance health and well-being, but apparently such is the case.
The following statement regarding this situation was found on Dr. Mercola’s webpage and also includes information on purposed legislation:
Story at-a-glance (http://www.mercola.com)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to Diamond Food for making truthful, science-backed health claims about the omega-3 fats in walnuts
Because the research cited health claims that omega-3 fats in walnuts may prevent or protect against disease, the FDA said walnuts would be considered “new drugs” and as such would require a new drug application to become FDA-approved
Under current FDA law, if a food or natural supplement makes a medical claim, it’s automatically classified as a drug
Regulations currently prohibit manufacturers of dietary supplements or producers of food from referring to any scientific study documenting the potential effect of the substance on a health condition, punishable by large fines and even jail, even if the science is completely credible and true
You can help by supporting the Free Speech about Science Act (HR 1364), a landmark legislation that would change FDA regulations so that manufacturers and producers may reference legitimate, peer-reviewed scientific studies without converting a natural food or dietary supplement into an “unapproved drug”