Santiago de Chile can be a beautiful place, but one of the first things a visitor notices is that it is a city of stray dogs. They are everywhere. No one abuses them. I’ve never seen that happen even once during my two, week-long visits here. But, then, I’ve never seen anyone feed them either. Some are plumpish, but most are lean and hungry. And too many have visible ribcages pushing out against fur.
On June 10th, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order creating the “National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.” Obviously, the authors of this Order have never heard of the Law of Unintended Consequences...
First, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threw Warning Letters at three companies marketing dietary-supplement drinks in sizes too large and with names too suggestive. A few days later, the FDA’s draft Guidance on this same issue was cast upon the world. Confusion now reigns as the magic words on the label seem to have lost their protective powers.
Just prior to its summer recess, the House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R.2749), which had been launched by industry nemesis Representative John Dingell (D-MI) and amended by equally repugnant Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA). This bill replaced other food “safety” bills about which this column reported previously (see “Goon Squad on the March” June 2009).