Group Wants Government To Micromanage Soda Recipes

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There’s no aspect of our day-to-day lives too trivial to escape the micromanagement of nanny statists.

Maybe we should just have the government start restaurants, and we can all vote on what sort of foods can be offered. For the good of public health.

Soda and other sugary drinks have unsafe levels of high-fructose corn syrup or other added sugars, a consumer group says, and it is urging the government to determine a safe level to reduce Americans’ “dangerously high sugar consumption.”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a petition today with the Food and Drug Administration urging the agency to identify a safe level for added sugars in beverages.

The petition is supported by a letter signed by 41 nutrition scientists and physicians and the public health departments of 10 major cities including Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Seattle.

It’s one thing for the government to warn the public about unhealthy foods and ingredients. Setting aside whether or not the government warnings are, in fact, accurate, at least citizens are still left with the ultimate choice as to whether or not to consume a particular food.

But it’s another thing entirely for the government to promote public health by micromanaging what citizens can and cannot eat. We seem to be sliding from mere warnings to a situation where we’re not even allowed a choice. For our own good.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Roy_Bean

    The simple solution is to shut down all food sources and we can all eat measured portions at the government cafeteria.

    • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

      That’s one of the goals of Obamacare.

    • Neiman

      How about some Soylent Green?

  • http://pocketjacksblog.blogspot.com Jay W.

    Maybe we should just have the government start restaurants, and we can
    all vote on what sort of foods can be offered. For the good of public
    health.

    What makes you think a government-run restaurant would allow the people to vote on the menu? ;)

  • mickey_moussaoui

    why do liberals hate freedom?

  • Davo

    “But it’s another thing entirely for the government to promote public health by micromanaging what citizens can and cannot eat. We seem to be sliding from mere warnings to a situation where we’re not even allowed a choice. For our own good.”

    Should McDonalds be allowed to identify what’s a safe level of pesticides that should be allowed on the tomatoes they serve, or should the government step in?

    If there is a 2.7% chance that their latest shipment of hamburgers is in fact tainted with Mad Cow Disease, should McDonalds or the government be the one to make the decision on whether they should serve it to the customers?

    • Frank

      Comparing Mad Cow Disease to sugar? Stop for a moment to think about the absurdity of that analogy.

  • awfulorv

    Say, you don’t suppose this petition was mistakenly slipped into the Makers Mark mail slot, by mistake, and they, always slightly inebriated from their tasting chores, misread the advisory.

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