Before I implement it, I want confirmation that it is legal. I could call a lawyer, or read a book, but instead I'm coming here to get truly valuable advice.
At present there is little to no over-site on the Food Supplement Industry in the US.
To sell a Drug in the US you have to prove that it does a body good.
To sell a Food in the US you have to prove that it does no harm.
But to sell a Food Supplement, you do not need to prove a thing.
If you say it does something it doesn't, the government must prove that it doesn't in order to prosecute you.
If it is dangerous, the government must prove that it is dangerous before they can take it off the shelf.
Right now the FDA has said that Cow nervous tissue cannot be used as food as that is where Mad Cow disease resides, and how it is passed on to humans.
This leaves meat packers with an access of nervous tissue to get rid of.
Nervous tissue in Cows has most of the same elements as nervous tissue, and brain tissue, in humans.
If I buy it cheap it, dry it up, smash it into a powder, mix in some flavoring and coloring and a large dose of marketing, I can sell it as "Brain Booster, The Additive That Increases Essential Nutrients For Mammalian Brain Power."
Sure, there is a chance that I could spread Mad Cow disease this way. There is a small percentage chance that the disease will appear randomly in the general population, but it will take time for the government to prove that my little pills had anything to do with it.
And if I spend 10% of my profits on lobbyists and donations, it will take years.
Do you think this is legal? Do you want to buy some shares in the company
Dan's United Metropolitan Bio-chem, Inc. or D.U.M.B. Inc.
[ January 02, 2004, 11:41 AM: Message edited by: Dan_raven ]
Posted by pooka (Member # 5003) on :
Actually, supplements are considered food by the FDA.
My sister suggested that my husband and I start breeding mosquitoes to crush up and sell in pills. "bee propilis" is the same thing, but with bees.
Posted by ae (Member # 3291) on :
"Bee propilis"? Yuck!
[ January 02, 2004, 12:18 PM: Message edited by: ae ]
Posted by Dan_raven (Member # 3383) on :
quote: However, with passage of the Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), Congress amended the FD&C Act to include several provisions that apply only to dietary supplements and dietary ingredients of dietary supplements. As a result of these provisions, dietary ingredients used in dietary supplements are no longer subject to the premarket safety evaluations required of other new food ingredients or for new uses of old food ingredients.
Posted by Dagonee (Member # 5818) on :
Ahh, the DSHEA: where the special interests of alternative medicine gurus and corporate America meet!
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
. . . in order to collectively conspire against the American consumer. <insert vomit smilie>
Posted by Julian Delphiki Jr. (Member # 5882) on :
Hey, I'l buy share. Of course, knowing what it is, I would not use it, but it is a good cause, so I will support.
Posted by Gottmorder (Member # 5039) on :
Meh, my idea is much better. I got it from South Park.