by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a federal agency that is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. As such, they are entrusted with safeguarding the health of Americans by regulating our food and drugs, among other things. The FDA has an enormous amount of power and influence in our country and with that comes responsibility. Many people proudly equate the FDA to being our country's "fourth" branch of power, while others equate it to being the "Fraud and Death Administration."
The FDA has a history of approving certain foods and drugs that are very beneficial and many that are very questionable, to say the least. One of the more recent approvals, completed with minimal publicity, was that of genetically modified Salmon. Many believe this approval to be premature at best, in light the incomplete testing performed to insure human and ecological safety in the raising and consumption of GM Salmon. Another FDA approval that has raised many eyebrows, is that of allowing the use of carrageenan as an ingredient in conventional ice cream. The safety of this ingredient for human consumption has been questioned, in that it is the same ingredient contained in the chemical spray used to de-ice planes.
Read about what else the FDA has approved and is in our food that may surprise and disgust you, at www.liattorney.com/scales-of-justice.html.