Something Fishy About the GRAS List
Re: I have never seen “menhaden oil” listed on any food products on any ingredient list. How is it being included in the list of ingredients?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …
“‘GRAS’ is an acronym for the phrase Generally Recognized As Safe. Under sections 201(s) and 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act), any substance that is intentionally added to food is a food additive, that is subject to premarket review and approval by FDA, unless the substance is generally recognized, among qualified experts, as having been adequately shown to be safe under the conditions of its intended use, or unless the use of the substance is otherwise excluded from the definition of a food additive.”
Generally recognized to be safe among qualified experts?
Qualified in what way?
Qualified as corporate shills?
The Wall Street Journal article, “The FDA ‘Revolving Door’ Fosters Conflicts on Advisory Panels” (Ed Silverman, Sept. 15, 2014), is an epic understatement.
Ditto, “Conflicts of Interest at the F.D.A.,” by the Editorial Board of The New York Times (Apr. 15, 2015).
Who’s the new acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, the head honcho of the F.D.A.?
Steve Myers (“What Do We Know about FDA Commissioner Nominee Dr. Califf?,” Natural Products Insider, Nov. 2, 2015) wrote …
“In 2006, [Robert M.] Califf founded and directed Duke’s Clinical Research Institute, one of the largest academic research organizations in the world, and has published hundreds of clinical studies. However, he has received a great deal of financial support from pharmaceutical companies. Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democrat from Vermont, said he’d vote against Califf’s confirmation because of the nominee’s ties to drug companies. Califf has been a consultant for a number of big pharma and medical device companies including AstraZeneca, Merck and Novartis.”
Thanks to the F.D.A., fish oil companies (including Zapata, once owned by the Bush family) are allowed to add both hydrogenated and partly hydrogenated “small planktivorous pelagic fish body oil (SPPFBO)” to the following products without the American public knowing zip about it …
cookies, crackers, breads and rolls (light and dark), fruit pies, custard pies, cakes, baked goods and baking mixes, pastas, gelatins and puddings, sweet sauces, toppings, syrups, confections and frostings, jams and jelly, hard candy, soft candy, cereals, fats and oils (but not infant formulas), yogurt, milk products, cheese products, frozen dairy products and desserts, dairy product analogues, meat products, poultry products, egg products, fish products, condiments, plant protein products, soup mixes, snack foods, nut products, gravies, sauces, chewing gum, processed fruit juices, processed vegetable juices, nonalcoholic beverages, white granulated sugar, sugar substitutes, etc.
But Big Pharma wants its cut of the Fish Pie too.
According to “FDA to allow Amarin to promote fish oil pill for off-label use,” Business Insider, Mar. 8, 2016 …
“Amarin Corporation Plc [public limited company] can promote its fish-oil pill for unapproved uses after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided not to appeal a judge’s ruling that the company has the right under the First Amendment to make truthful and non-misleading statements about its products.”
According to Amarin Corporation …
“Vascepa® (icosapent ethyl), Amarin’s first FDA-approved product, is an ultra-pure, EPA-only omega-3 fatty acid product available by prescription.”
Amarin is doing its part to spread Yellow Fat Disease around the world.
The pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline’s Lovaza is their chief competitor.
A one-gram capsule of Lovaza contains 465 milligrams of EPA and 375 milligrams of DHA.
Also, thanks to biotechnology and isolated mutant clone lines, EPA and DHA can now be squeezed out of MICROALGAE.