The Food & Drug Administration has declared that it will require food companies to phase out trans fats.
New York Mayor Bloomberg has publicly taken credit for this.
Here is the world according to the FDA. No more pizzas. No more doughnuts. No more potato chips.
The FDA will mandate substitutes. We know what foods prepared with these substitutes taste like: straw with artificial flavoring.
The FDA has allowed 60 days for comments. The agency will get lots of comments. So will Congress.
This is a classic case of North’s first law of bureaucracy: “Some bureaucrat will eventually enforce a rule, as written, to the point of utter imbecility.” In this case, an entire agency has done it.
The FDA’s Civil Service-protected bureaucrats think they know best. They are convinced that eaters do not know what is good for them. The FDA has no intention of letting eaters decide what to eat. “Diet is too important to be left up to eaters.”
I rarely eat foods with trans fats. But my attitude is simple: it’s up to trans fat eaters to decide. The FDA disagrees.
Agencies eventually overreach themselves. This is such a case. There is going to be a backlash from what can be called the Twinkies bloc. Congress will hear from these people.
The FDA will back off, either voluntarily or by Congressional decree. It will be fun to watch.