FDA Regulation of Herbs in Foods

 

FDA CLAIMS SEASONING FOODS IS AGAINST THE LAW

The idiocy of government regulations has reached a new high. The FDA is telling food manufacturers they cannot add healthful herbs to foods because they’re not “generally recognized as safe.” Apparently, you can drink herbal teas, with ingredients such as ginseng. But the FDA believes herbs immediately become dangerous the minute they’re mixed with juice or cereal!

FDA regulations state that herbs such as ginkgo biloba and echinacea are “novel ingredients.” The only way these and other herbs can be added to foods is if they’ve been “scientifically tested” and proven safe, or if they’re commonly used in food.

These rules do not apply to salt and sugar, because the FDA says they’re “safe.” If we follow the FDA’s lead and eat foods they consider safe, we’d be eating donuts and beef jerky instead of whole, healthful herbs.

Source: www.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/diet.fitness/06/07/fda.herbal.additi ves/index.html