An article from the Associated Press Monday detailed a new Food and Drug Administration investigation prompted by concern over the increasing number of foods advertising energy boosting caffeine as an ingredient.
After this week’s release of Wrigley’s new “Alert Energy Gum,” the FDA says they will study caffeinated foods alongside the ongoing studies of the effects of energy shots and drinks on children and young adults.
The FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods, Michael Taylor, said that colas from the 1950s were the only items ever approved to have added caffeine by the FDA. The FDA has reportedly met with several large food companies such as Mars Inc. to discuss their concerns.
“It is disturbing. We’re concerned about whether they have been adequately evaluated,” said Taylor.
Ironically, the main concern for most food safety advocates is genetically-modified foods (GMO), which Taylor has a long history of supporting.
Taylor was not only a lawyer who represented the GMO giant Monsanto, who are most known for producing such poisons as Agent Orange, but later became Monsanto’s Vice President for Public Policy before being appointed to the USDA and later the FDA a second time under President Obama.
Despite the release of secret documents from the early 1990s showing the FDA’s extreme concern over safety issues regarding GMOs initially, Taylor went on to help approve GMOs for human consumption while alleging their safety.
As a large amount of Americans began to ingest GM foods around 1996, several chronic illnesses almost doubled in the US, along with a massive increase in allergies including asthma. Today over 80 percent of the US food supply contains genetically-modified ingredients.
Despite the FDA’s continuous claims of GMO safety, independent studies that surpass the industry’s 90-day study limit continue to show adverse effects. Genetically modified soy beans have been linked to sterility and infant mortality in hamsters. Rats that eat genetically-modified corn, which contains ever growing amounts of Monsanto’s Roundup chemical fertilizer, grew massive tumors after 2 years of consumption.
Even with 93 percent of American citizens supporting the labeling of GMO products, groups like Monsanto have fought tooth and nail to stop any national or local labeling initiatives.
Just this March, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2013 Agricultural Appropriations Bill which included a last-minute provision now referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act” that takes federal courts authority to quickly stop the planting and sale of genetically-modified seed crop even if there are health concerns to consumers. The move seems to give even more credibility to citizens’ doubts on genetically-modified food safety.
Despite Americans’ concerns over real food safety issues, like other additives such as Aspartame, a substance shown to cause gastrointestinal, neurological and psychological problems, the FDA seems to be preoccupied with saving the American people from the horrors of caffeinated bubble gum.