Blue Diamond, a company well known for the cans of almonds, walnuts and peanuts, that we see so often in the stores just got the smack down from our beloved FDA. Here's the statement Blue Diamond put on their website and packaging for their walnuts:
" the omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts have been shown to have certain health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.
These claims, Faloon (of Diamond Foods) notes, are well supported by scientific research: “
ENTER THE FDA- their letter to Blue Diamond:
"Your walnut products are drugs” — and “new drugs” at that — and, therefore, “they may not legally be marketed … in the United States without an approved new drug application.”
The agency even threatened Diamond with “seizure” if it failed to comply.
Once again, we have the over reaching arm of our very own government throwing their weight around. God forbid the general public should seek out and consume a food product that actually has a health benefit to it.
Which, in actuality, is precisely WHY the FDA continues these tactics. You see, if we suffer ailments and aren't privy to a natural remedy or prevention, we will seek out medical treatment. We visit our doctor, he writes a prescription that has been approved by the FDA, and everyone benefits financially......except you!
It gets better! Here's more of the FDA's letter.
“We have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease.” Furthermore, the products are also “misbranded” because they “are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes.”
Who knew you had to have directions to eat walnuts?