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Is the FDA Grasping For Straws? Coconut Oil Classified as a ‘Drug’

Is the FDA Grasping For Straws? Coconut Oil Classified as a ‘Drug’

by February 2, 2015 0 comments

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, a Southern California-based family company which is known for its organic, fair-trade pure castile soaps, is in some trouble with everyone’s favorite law enforcement agency, the FDA. The folks who allow for petrol based products and other chemical food additives to be added unnecessarily to food items are currently trying to classify the mom-and-pop company’s coconut oil as a drug. Even though, coconut oil is neither man-made nor a new advent. The reason for the claim is that Dr. Bronner’s Coconut Oil’s packaging states its health benefits, although said benefits are a natural side-effect of the organic food item.

“Clinical research confirms that the saturated medium chain fatty acids (MCT’s) in [Virgin Coconut Oil], such as lauric acid, actually improve blood cholesterol by increasing the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol.”

The FDA responded with a letter stating:

“Based on our review of the product label, we have determined that your product is promoted for conditions that cause it to be a drug under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the Act)…[I]ntroducing or delivering this product for introduction into interstate commerce for such uses violates the Act.”

It’s more of the same from the agency that seems to abhor health food. The company has since removed the statement from the product’s label, but the FDA says that if they want to sell the product as a health food item, the company needs the agency’s permission. Of course, the approval is only available once Dr. Bronner’s pays a sizeable fee.

Is anyone surprised by this kind of shit anymore?

According to EatLocalGrown.com, “new drug applications must demonstrate ‘substantial evidence’ of the drug’s clinical benefits, with ‘substantial evidence’ being defined as ‘adequate and well-controlled investigations… by [qualified] experts.’ Which costs millions of dollars and obvious hours of research. Research which is already available to the public, and has been for some time.

Is it possible that now that marijuana is gaining traction, and is no longer seen as a serious offense, that government agencies are grasping at straws? It could be simple boredom, or bureaucratic bullying, considering the FDAs association with companies such as Monsanto, who are known as the world’s largest pesticide producer. Who knows? Whatever the reason may be, it doesn’t look good on the part of the federal agency. It seems that they are merely protecting some sort of hidden interest. This of course is my opinion only, but the facts seem to lean towards the agency being in the wrong.

What do you think?

[Via EatLocalGrown.com]

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