The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is out of control. Beyond the typical FDA reforms of getting drugs to patients faster, the FDA should reform its scare-tactic policies.
On a recent trip to California, The Heartland Institute’s Amanda Evans took a picture of a popular sign demonizing acrylamide (right), a chemical commonly found in food and drinks after heating or cooking.
Like so many government agencies, the FDA is missing the big picture: everything can be toxic at a high dose. Water. The Sun. Chocolate. We must remember the FDA, EPA, and other agencies uses higher than normal exposure doses of chemicals on rats to determine toxicity to humans. A detailed explanation of this by the University of California at Berkeley is here.
Rich Trzupek, a policy advisor at The Heartland Institute, has written extensively on toxicity and dosage scares. His books can be found here, here, and here. Rich was recently featured in a Fox News video here.