FDA Finds Holes in Cheerios Health Claims

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    May 17, 2009 2:29 PM GMT
    Isn't this typical of the government. The Fed goes after Cheerios for unsubstantiated health claims yet allows potentially dangerous and untested supplements to be marketed.icon_eek.gif

    The FDA says that packaging and Internet advertising for the toasted oats violate federal law with promises to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. The FDA claims that the product is a drug since health claims were made.

    The warning letter represented the FDA’s first action against a “mainstream food product” in more than nine years and showed the agency is exerting its authority under President Barack Obama, said Bruce Silverglade, director of legal affairs for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in Washington.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=akLaZ4Zwx6g0&refer=home

    I found this information in the May 13 edition of Sportsgeezer
    http://www.sportsgeezer.com/
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    May 17, 2009 4:13 PM GMT
    Eh? Cheerios?!
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    May 17, 2009 4:30 PM GMT
    Stupid. stupid, stupid... they wanna fine Cheerios, but cigarettes and Big Macs can still be sold. No wonder the life expectancy of Americans is less than most of the rest of the industrialized world.
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    May 17, 2009 10:43 PM GMT
    its all in the subtle word play.
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    Jun 03, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    Interaction with dogs lowers your blood pressure.

    So now dogs have to be labeled drugs?

    The FDA is a power structure, just like the Vatican. :-)

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    Jun 03, 2009 11:59 PM GMT
    They claim whole grains can lower your cholesterol relative to a greater degree than refined grains...which they can.

    They absorb more bile in your upper small intestine, and since cellulose is excreted without being absorbed a greater proportion of the cholesterol is excreted bound to it as opposed to being reabsorbed in the large intestine

    The problem is the average american consumer is stupid....and Washington would like to think otherwise.
  • Thirdbeach

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    Jun 04, 2009 1:18 AM GMT

    Cheerios have had holes in the centre since I was a kid, and some government body is just noticing them now.
  • calibro

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    Jun 04, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    Thirdbeach said
    Cheerios have had holes in the centre since I was a kid, and some government body is just noticing them now.


    well they had to have a committee to discuss the possibility, and then took a lot of tax payers money to fund a research group on it, which was off and on for 20 years, until they noticed they had also commissioned several other government entities to do the same, so all of them got together to share their results, but none wanted for fear of losing credit, and then some scientist from kellogs was paid to come up with the report.
  • styrgan

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    Jun 04, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    Read the part about Frosted Flakes in the same article:

    "Kellogg’s box for Frosted Mini-Wheats also has fallen under U.S. government scrutiny. In April, Kellogg settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely advertised the cereal to improve children’s attentiveness. The FTC said the clinical study Kellogg cited found that only half the children who ate the cereal showed any improvement in their attentiveness."

    This kind of makes me glad the government is willing to call these companies out on such fraudulent claims.
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    Jun 04, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    styrgan saidRead the part about Frosted Flakes in the same article: The FTC said the clinical study Kellogg cited found that only half the children who ate the cereal showed any improvement in their attentiveness



    It is remarkable that a simple cereal can improve autism in 50% of cases.

    There was an article just published in the Archives of General Psychiatry concluding that the SSRI Celexa has no effect in improving behavior in autistic children and adolescents. SSRIs are one of the most frequently used classes of drugs used for behavior problems in autism

    http://archpsyc.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/66/6/583

    So is Frosted Flakes a better drug than the SSRIs familyicon_question.gificon_lol.gif
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    Jun 04, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    Research the origins of Kellogg's and General Mills. Many FDA rules were put in place to *enable* these companies to succeed back when they started in the early 20th century. I hope this is a sign that the FDA is finally accountable to our health and well being, rather than that of shareholders and lobbyists.

    Any product that makes a "healthy" claim probably isn't really that good for you. Real food doesn't need to overemphasize obscure, isolated properties in order to seem beneficial.

    Read. Michael. Pollan.
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    Jun 04, 2009 5:09 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidStupid. stupid, stupid... they wanna fine Cheerios, but cigarettes and Big Macs can still be sold.


    EXACTLY!!!!!
  • CAtoFL

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    Jun 04, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    Cereal killers.
  • torontoguy222...

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    Jun 06, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    What BS. There's so many other foods I'd be worried about. I eat Cherrios every morning and I can't live with out. Whole grain. There's not much to dispute about that.