First lady Michelle Obama received some very bad news about her upcoming new federally mandated Nutrition Facts label when a dozen scientists submitted a letter this week arguing that her label, which requires that food manufacturers list all added sugars in the food item, lacks “scientific rigor.”
“We are concerned that U.S. public health policy in this area may be progressing down a path that history suggests to be counterproductive,” the scientists wrote, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“Specifically, the FDA’s proposed rule revising the Nutrition Facts Label with regard to an added sugars declaration and the establishment of a dietary reference value of 10 percent lacks both the scientific rigor based on careful consideration or evidence-based reviews and a thorough appraisal of unintended consequences that will surely arise,” the letter explained.
Simply put, the new regulation is based on junk science as practiced by Michelle Obama, a woman who has neither a formal education nor certifications or awards in any form of scientific study.
Instead Michelle based her new regulation on the “widely controversial” conclusions from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which the scientists noted “did not include a single member with a specific expertise in sugars.”
The scientists added that the Institute of Medicine and the European Food Safety Authority has “concluded that added sugars are not uniquely linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes.”
But does Michelle care? Of course not.
“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” she boasted in a statement last week after her regulation was finalized on Friday. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”
Yes, Michelle, it will make a difference — a negative difference, just like the negative one spawned by your ridiculous lunch rules.
In fact, according to a report submitted to the feds by several associations, “The recommended label changes may very well confuse consumers — particularly those who use the current labels — and lead them to make suboptimal decisions.”
So Michelle’s regulation will confuse consumers and also reportedly cost companies over half a billion dollars to update. Congratulations, Michelle, and on yet another epic screw-up.
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