When the FDA Gets Its Way

From the restaurant scene in the ’90s flick about a peaceful, soporific, yet corrupt Los Angeles in the year 2034, “Demolition Man“:

LAPD Sergeant John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone): “You got the salt over there, Bob?”

Officer Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock): “Salt is not good for you, hence it is illegal.”


Walter Olson at Overlawyered has reaction to recent reports about the Food and Drug Administration’s plans to regulate salt content in food, including a well-justified knock on the FDA’s non-denial denial. From “Salt Reactions“:

The report in the Washington Post that the Food and Drug Administration intends to work toward mandatory limits on salt in processed food provoked some negative public reaction, and now the agency has issued a public statement not exactly denying the story, but complaining that it “leaves a mistaken impression that the FDA has begun the process of regulating the amount of sodium in foods. The FDA is not currently working on regulations nor has it made a decision to regulate sodium content in foods at this time.” Emphasis added to point out the cagey phrasings: there is no denial that the agency’s leadership intends to do all these things in the future, exactly as the Post reported.

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