Friday, April 9, 2010

Soft tyranny and Tony the Tiger


Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius said today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing a new regulation that would require food manufacturers to display nutritional information on the front of packages.

This would mean that the front of a Wheaties box, for example, would display not only the smiling face of a famous athlete but also declare how many calories from fat are in each serving.

“Busy shoppers will be able to go into grocery stores and have some easy to understand information on the front of packages giving them quick data on what is a healthier choice,” said Sebelius at the U.S. Capitol.

“The Food and Drug Administration right now is working with food manufacturers to not only update the nutritional labeling on the back of packages, which right now is written in small bar codes and pretty indecipherable and hasn’t been updated in 20 years, but to move to a front-of-package labeling strategy,” said Sebelius.

To prove just how completely ridiculous this all is, do a quick survey of the food packaging in your kitchen or pantry. Where's the nutritional labeling? Our survey revealed that fully 2/3rds to 3/4ths of the labeling was on the side panels.

And written in small bar codes? That's the price code, Sebelius, you idiot.

And indecipherable? Maybe that's the key. The ratio of ingredients in a product that cannot be pronounced is inversely proportionate to the healthiness of that product.

Monosodiumglu... eh, pass.

Water, Yeast, Hops, Malt, Barley... now, we're talking.

But all this speaks to the dangers of letting people, particularly the government, act on your behalf because they claim it's good for you.

Sebelius, in one paragraph, proved she doesn't have a stinking clue as to what she's talking about. Yet, she is going to subject food manufacturers, grocery stores and other retailers to the added expense and inconvenience of these new completely unnecessary rules.

* See. 10 vitamins and minerals right on the front panel.

You want these cute kids crowded out by labeling?


Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

proved she doesn't have a stinking clue as to what she's talking about. Yet, she is going to subject

90% of gov't?

Anonymous said...

Remember that the current "confusing" system was the government's "solution" to the "problem" of poor labeling.

Just as Obamacare is supposed to fix the government "solution" of HMOs.