As the FDA stated, ‘the existence of an adverse event report does not necessarily mean that the product identified in the report actually caused the adverse event’.A statement from Red Bull • Regarding a filing by the FDA on Friday revealing the company — much like Monster, Rockstar and 5-Hour Energy, who faced similar FDA filings earlier in the week — had seen its product associated with so-called “adverse events,” such as illness, that happened after a person consumed the beverage. Unlike Monster and 5-Hour Energy, Red Bull was not in any way associated with any deaths — rather, 21 reports of hospitalization for health problems such as heart issues and vomiting. And to be clear, the FDA’s reports in all cases do not claim the the beverages were the direct cause, and do not take into account outside factors, such as pre-existing conditions. All listed companies claim their products are safe.
What’s going on here is basically a con game to suggest otherwise. What do con men do? They normally try to change their name. The FDA has thankfully stopped that.Sugar Association lawyer Dan Callister • Praising the Food and Drug Administration’s rejection of an attempt by the Corn Refiners Association to rename the recently-controversial “high fructose corn syrup” to something a tad less innocuous — “corn sugar” to be specific. Let’s face it — when giant agricultural industry groups fight in public, everyone wins.
» The seized OJ contained a banned fungicide: The Food and Drug Administration has had to step up its orange juice-seizing lately, because a common fungicide called carbendazim, which, mind you, is safe in small amounts, is showing up in some of the imported orange juice. (Initially, this was reported to be a blanket ban, though the FDA says they’re only testing orange juice.) Here’s the kicker, though, from FDA spokeswoman Siobhan DeLancey: ”We don’t feel that this is a safety problem. This is more of a regulatory issue.” So basically, they’re seizing a crapload of OJ because it’s got a chemical that is apparently being poorly regulated. You would assume it’s dangerous to consumers, but it’s not. Wait … we’re not following this.