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The FDA now has determined that walnuts are a drug that they must classify and regulate. They have taken on Diamond foods for promoting the healthy benefits of walnuts.

..your walnut products are offered for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners; therefore, adequate directions for use cannot be written so that a layperson can use these drugs safely for their intended purposes. Thus, your walnut products are also misbranded under Section 502(f)(1) of the Act, in that the labeling for these drugs fails to bear adequate directions for use..."

..your firm's website also contains several additional unauthorized health claims..."
The FDA doesn't have an issue with the validity of the scientific or medical research referenced, such as the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts. Its issue is that it did not authorizeDiamond Foods, Inc. to say so.
"...You should take prompt action to correct these violations. Failure to do so may result in regulatory action... seizure or injunction."

It's just WALNUTS. The FDA is taking on Diamond Foods, Inc. because it was promoting the health benefits of walnuts,nothing more.

* Diamond was not using false statements.
* Walnuts are not dangerous to your health (as are many FDA-approved prescription medications, whose side effects and improper administration kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year).
* The scientific and medical research referenced by Diamond was true and accurate.

But because Diamond was promoting health benefits, the FDA claimed that it now has the authority to step in, classify walnuts as drugs, and force Diamond to correct violations or face "regulatory action... seizure or injunction." -


Asked by Carpy at 11:37 AM on Feb. 12, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Wow, tons of products highlight what is good about them...I think it is really reaching to say they are marketing them as a drug. It seems pretty stupid to me for the govt to do so much griping about us eating healthier and then have them turn around and slam a company for promoting known health benefits of the ingredients in the product/or the product itself they are selling.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:31 PM on Feb. 13, 2011

  • Congrats to the FDA for officially becoming the first government agency to openly convert to mafia tactics. Let me guess, as soon as the nut industry agrees to pony up some cash for some newly invented status change, they'll be in the clear?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:38 AM on Feb. 12, 2011

  • Oh lord, how many times and how many ways can I say CLOSE DOWN THE FDA!

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 3:09 PM on Feb. 12, 2011

  • Uh, oh! It looks like the Quaker Oats company is saying the same thing and are ALSO being irresponsible! LOL ;o)

    Oats and oat bran: The soluble fiber found in oats and oat bran has been shown to help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol when eaten as part of a heart-healthy diet. Eating 3 grams of oat-soluble fiber daily from a good-sized bowl of Quaker Oatmeal may help you lower your cholesterol.

    Nuts, including almonds and walnuts: Certain types of nuts, including almonds and walnuts, have most of their fat as mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Some preliminary studies suggest that eating a small amount of nuts (1.5 oz) every day as part of low saturated fat and cholesterol diet may help reduce LDL cholesterol.



    Answer by LoriKeet at 12:54 PM on Feb. 12, 2011

  • we have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease.
    So the short story is, Pfizer got mad, right? Hey! We're not going to sell our pills if they find out they can lower their cholesterol by not eating crap! LOL

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:13 PM on Feb. 12, 2011

  • FDA ~ Federal Dumb A$$es ~ an organization now solely dedicated to the promotion of the sale of pills guaranteed to cause more side effects and physical discomfort than any actual disease is capable of, and stamping out any common sense regimen of good food and a healthy lifestyle (that might lower the pill maker's profits).

    Why do we the taxpayers allow such a pathetic waste and misuse of OUR money to continue as a viable entity? Throw the bums running it out, and dismantle the entire mess. If someone wants to revamp it afterward, make it so that common sense and HEALTH always take priority over money/profits.

    Idiots. Next we'll need permits to PLANT a walnut tree, or a hazmat permit to chop one down and remove it :-(

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 6:49 PM on Feb. 12, 2011

  • First they came for smokers and I didnt care because I did not smoke.
    Then they came for sugary drinks and junk food, and now they come for walnuts? Whats next? We already know Michelle Obama is trying to make it so restaurants can only offer portions which will only mean increasing cost of going out and getting less for our money. Seriously, these people need to go get bent.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:40 AM on Feb. 12, 2011

  • Well, PBO decided to attain Cap and Trade and the VAT by using regulations. This just might be one of those back door attempts to get a tax added. Will they now go after Cheerios because they are "heart smart" lower cholesterol? I can't self-diagnose my cholesterol, but I will eat Cheerios to keep it low or from getting high. How about the yogurt that will regulate your digestive system? That is healthy. They can kiss my butt.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 11:43 AM on Feb. 12, 2011

  • Thats nuts LOL

    Answer by gemgem at 11:47 AM on Feb. 12, 2011

  • WTF are you talking about, coffeeyum?

    That's default mode

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:48 AM on Feb. 12, 2011