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
I’m doing a bookstore reading at 3:00 p.m. on the tenth anniversary edition of Food Politics, out May 1. Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez St (between 26th and 27th, @ Church)