Tuesday, January 18, 2011

FDA Warnings for Soda?

Soft drinks on shelves in a Woolworths superma...Image via WikipediaA group of health scientists, government agencies and consumer advocates have sent correspondence to the  commissioner of the FDA, seeking that entity to require warning labels on cans and bottles of drinks containing sugar.

If you are like me, your first question is ... why?  Well,  the folks asked that the FDA consider requiring sugary drinks carry labels warning of the connection between soda and weight gain, obesity, diabetes and other health problems.

From the letter: “In light of the overwhelming evidence linking soft drinks to serious diseases, consumers deserve to know -- and soft drink labels should disclose -- those health risks,” they wrote.

I know what you are thinking - this is ... stupid. Common sense should reign supreme. The FDA, a grossly unfunded government agency that is also understaffed, has more important things to tackle. These well meaning groups need to focus on other issues.    

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