The FDA has its hands full these days, what with peanut butter, no commissioner, and Daschle withdrawing for consideration as secretary of Health and Human Services (the FDA’s parent agency). Even so, the FDA is concerned about weight loss supplements that it considers fraudulent, and has now gone after 70 of them. The FDA has a lot on its plate, as it were, and let’s hope the new administration figures out a way to make oversight of the food supply a priority.
February 10 update: the New York Times has a long piece on this problem. Turns out that a lot of these so-called herbal products actually contain weight loss drugs of one kind or another. They are not supposed to.
Next public appearance
This is the rescheduling of the lecture I was supposed to give on October 10. The taxi driver went through red light at entrance to the Pulaski, was pulled over and found to be driving without a license. We never made it. The lecture is on food politics. It starts at 6:00. Free and open to the public. The Newark Museum is at 49 Washington Street. This time, I’ll take the PATH.