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Volume 16 No. 7 • August 2013

Out of the Goodness of Their Heart

“In July 2003, the FDA began allowing qualified health claims for food in an effort to make it easier for food manufacturers to make health benefit claims for their products. Even if the scientific evidence in support of the claims are conclusive, the FDA has been helping the consumers to obtain accurate, up-to-date science based information about the health effect of these products.”

(Sorry, folks. This quote taken from Functional Foods, Nutraceuticals, and Degenerative Disease Prevention, edited by Paliyath, Bakovic, and Shetty, published by Wiley-Blackwell (2011) is not true. The reason the FDA began allowing qualified health claims is that they lost a Court decision (Pearson v. Shalala) that prohibited the agency from censoring truthful, non-misleading information on labels and in adverts for dietary supplements and foods. If they hadn’t lost this landmark decision, the FDA would still be censoring all truthful health claims in violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech.)

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