The FDA today wrote to General Mills that information on the Cheerios box qualifies it as a drug.
Those claims indicate that Cheerios — said by General Mills to be the best-selling cereal in the United States — is intended to be used to lower cholesterol and prevent, lessen or treat the disease hypercholesterolemia, and to treat and prevent coronary heart disease.
”Because of these intended uses, the product is a drug,” the FDA concluded in its letter.
Not only that, but Cheerios is a new drug because it has not been “recognized as safe and effective for use in preventing or treating hypercholesterolemia or coronary heart disease,” the FDA said.
If I understand this correctly, anything that claims to be good for your health is a drug? I need a good emoticon here, I just can’t figure out which one expresses “FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO FDA.”
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