Saturday, August 19, 2006

FDA delays another great idea

The FDA just approved a meat treatment of six bacteriophage viruses to disinfect meat. It's nice that they're not preventing such a great idea from coming to market, but why did it need to be approved? No company would put out a product that killed its customers, and no company would put something like this out without testing it to make sure it doesn't kill people. Neither the FDA approval nor that testing would eliminate all possibility of something tragic happening, but if people decide that eating harmless viruses is less frightening than dying from food poisoning (which happens to hundreds of Americans each year), they'll buy it. Otherwise, they won't. If the product does kill somebody, the company will be appropriately sued.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Kris Overstreet said...

"No company would put out a product that killed its customers, and no company would put something like this out without testing it to make sure it doesn't kill people."

History says differently- tobacco, alcohol, early autos, ephedra, phen-fen, non-fibrous asbestos, thalidomide, colloidal silver, "blue mass", and most recently Dell laptop computer batteries, just for some notable examples.

There's plenty to be said against the FDA, but let's not pretend that people aren't quite willing to kill you if it means a fast buck for them.

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