Well according to articles circulating on the internet, some from reputable sources, the FDA is refusing to allow health claims on packets of Diamond Foods Walnuts. Sounds rather far-fetched and yet it is not.
In a warning letter from Roberta Wagner at the FDA, the company was told:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the label for your “Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts” products and your website at http://www.diamondnuts.com. Based on our review, we have concluded that your walnut products are in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) and the applicable regulations in Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR). You can find copies of the Act and these regulations through links in FDA’s home page at http://www.fda.gov.
Based on claims made on your firm’s website, we have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease. The following are examples of the claims made on your firm’s website under the heading of a web page stating “OMEGA-3s … Every time you munch a few walnuts, you’re doing your body a big favor.”: (Please read the entire letter for yourself.)
I have to scratch my head at the insistence of the FDA, that claiming Omega 3’s as having health benefits makes their product into a drug!
William Faloon from the Life Extension Foundation has this to say:
Life Extension® has published 57 articles that describe the health benefits of walnuts.
Some of this same scientific data was featured on the website of Diamond Foods, Inc., a distributor of packaged walnuts.
Last year the FDA determined that walnuts sold by Diamond Foods cannot be legally marketed because the walnuts “are not generally recognized as safe and effective” for the medical conditions referenced on Diamond Foods’ website.
According to the FDA, these walnuts were classified as “drugs” and the “unauthorized health claims” cause them to become “misbranded,” thus subjecting them to government “seizure or injunction.”
Diamond Foods capitulated and removed statements about the health benefits of walnuts from its website. source
In my humble opinion this is nothing more than an attempt at total control. Seems the folks did not pay the right people for permission to accurately label their food as healthy. Watch out world – this will eventually happen to us all as the One World Governance filters through.