Thanks to Jack Everitt for forwarding an article from Reuters U.K. about the FDA’s recent warning to Coca-Cola. Coke Plus, says the FDA, violates the Food and Drug Act. Food companies are not allowed to add vitamins and minerals to sugary carbonated water (or jelly beans) just so they can be marketed as healthy.
OK, but Coke Plus is not exactly a secret. How come the FDA waited to do this until this “midnight” period just before a new administration takes over? And how come, asks Jack, do we have to “hear about this from a UK newspaper, rather than a US one. Just like with the last election, we now have to rely on out-of-the-country news sources.”
Let’s hope the FDA is a high priority for Obama. It should be!
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Anderson. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Anderson at 2:25 p.m.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”