An obscure ruling by a little-known federal agency on a Friday afternoon in the middle of the summer is really the beginning of a major power grab by regulatory bureaucrats, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday set new maximum levels of the amount of arsenic that can be in apple juice.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, Michael Walsh, a product liability attorney with the law firm of Strasburger Price Oppenheimer Blend says it is equal to 'planting a flag on the moon,' signaling that federal bureaucrats feel they have the right to regulate essentially anything and everything.
And he says a ruling regarding 'arsenic,' which everybody knows is a potentially dangerous poison, if only from the title of the Cary Grant movie, 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' and apple juice, which is fed to small children and everyone knows should be as pure as possible, is the perfect scenario to use, Walsh says.
"It's a highly emotional issue because apple juice is consumed by young children," he said. "The reporting has been that this is a big emergency with arsenic and apple juice, but what the reporting showed is, that this is not the case."
He says arsenic is a naturally occurring element, and is found in almost everything. But the fact that, unlike more obscure poisons, everybody knows what arsenic as and it 'sounds bad' makes this case an even better one for a government power grab.
"Arsenic is everywhere," Walsh said. "It is in everything we come in contact with every day." He says there is an acceptance of a certain level of arsenic in your blood, because, as a naturally occurring element, it is seen everywhere.
The bottom line, Walsh says, is that now that the FDA has asserted the right to regulate naturally occurring elements simply because they 'sound bad,' will be stricter regulation, simply for the sake of regulation, and that will mean, you guessed it...higher prices at the supermarket.
"This ruling will add multiple lawyers of costs to the manufacturing and production of products that people are consuming, really without any demonstration of a real need."