An FDA advisory committee is evaluating the strength of the evidence surrounding a link between food dyes and behavior changes in children. Scientists and academics are accusing the dyes of exacerbating hyperactivity in children and are advocating for a ban on the eight dyes they claim are dangerous.
Sarah Palin was quick to dismiss the finding saying:
Those ivory tower elites just think they know everything. How dare they accuse our Froot Loops of exacerbating? There’s no call for that sort of language. I think maybe, you know, they’re the ones doing that, and if they don’t cut it out they’ll go blind.
Glenn Beck was also on the defensive as he accused the FDA of kowtowing to First Lady Michele Obama’s food Nazi agenda. He asserted that Skittles were the last line of defense against the rising tide of socialist Muslim oppressors intent on taking our freedoms away. Beck then waxed poetical, paraphrasing Pastor Martin Niemoller.
First they came for the saccharine,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a coffee drinker.
Then they came for the trans-fats,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a McDonald’s customer.
Then they came for the red dye 40,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Pop-Tart eater.
Then they came for my high fructose corn syrup
and there was nothing left to eat.
Beck then went on to note that this country was founded on corn. Our founding fathers recognized corn was God’s gift to them. It was fuel, food, oil, sugar, and vegetable. John Addams called corn “American manna.” Beck reminded that the Indians didn’t want us to have corn and tried to confuse our ancestors by calling it maize. He said, this is why we make corn mazes every fall, to honor the confusion and disorientation the pioneers suffered at the hands of the cruel Indians. Beck concluded, “And you know who else hated corn? Hitler!”
Politicians were also quick to rise up against the outrageous actions of the FDA. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced yet another rider to the 2011 budget prohibiting the FDA from using federal funds to restrict food additives whose primary purpose was aesthetic. Pence claimed America has the single greatest looking snack foods God ever gave man on this Earth, and he would not sit idly by and let our Twinkies take a back shelf to Chinese knock-offs.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office also released a statement that he was backing a no-bid contract with Haliburton to lease America’s Ritalin riddled children as part of the GOP’s green energy plan. The press release said this is not the time to be thinking about reducing the hyperactivity of our youth. We cannot possibly cut our addiction to Middle Eastern oil on hamster power alone. Experiments at powering wheels with seniors in exchange for Medicare coverage didn’t pan out. It turns out, arthritic men with heart conditions simply can’t sustain the velocity needed for reliable electricity production. Cantor emphasized, “Children are our future.”
Christine O’Donnell added, “It’s just food coloring people, not witchcraft.”