posted on Feb, 7 2011 @ 08:15 AM
reply to post by RestingInPieces
It's not the FDA that hasn't done their homework, but the Vitamin distributors not giving their homework to the FDA.
I agree that some quality control is important, but placing the burned of proof onto small suppliers for ingredients that have been in the market
place for a very long time is not reasonable. Even if these suppliers pay there 200k fee for there home work, it is only one small study. It takes
many studies to build up an accurate picture and determine the cost / benefit factors to the the whole community. The whole things comes across more
as big business trying to squeeze out the competition with small and medium business than a search for science and the public benefit.
reply to post by ZacharyPonders
We're allowing objects of misuse to be banned from us, because we misuse them. Don't blame the government for the actions they're needing to take.
You need only blame yourselves.
Have you ever made a mistake? Gone over the speed limit in a car? Cut yourself using a knife? We need some common sense and balance of risk before we
end up banning people.
reply to post by sir_slide
Thanks for the link, the problem looks to be with the European Court of Justice interpretation of the Food Supplements Directive. It is sad for them
to approve these measures despite the court's own Advocate-General advising that the Directive was invalid under EU law. One glimmer of hope is that
they ruled that the burden of proof should shift from those seeking approval to those seeking to ban a product.
The whole process looks to be in a bit of a mess with no one really sure or certain what is going on. It does take a very long time to work out all
the factors and health benefits of the different foods amongst different people. To set one date in the near future for everyone to have all their
proof on all their health supplements is unreasonable. The Strawberry has about 5000 different compounds, all with different effects amongst different
people. It takes time to work through all the information and to push laws like this through is just an attack on business and culture.