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Sunday, March 02, 2008

The First Taste Is Always Free

The feds are cracking down on a new candy. Is it because it is any less healthy than any of the other sugar-packed treats out there? No, it is because of the way the candy, a beverage additive, is packaged.

The folks at the invaluable website have all of the details:

FEBRUARY 27--The manufacturers of a powdered energy drink mix called "Blow" are violating federal drug guidelines, according to the Food and Drug Administration, which notes that products peddled as an "alternative to illicit street drugs pose a potential threat to the public health." FDA officials contend that "Blow" is an unapproved drug that is being marketed online at in a way to draw comparisons to cocaine. In a warning letter, Alonza Cruse, director of the FDA's Los Angeles office, charged that the white powdery mix is packaged "in a vial suggestive of street drug paraphernalia" and that photos of the product make it appear that the mix has been cut into "very fine particles to increase the efficiency of nasal absorption prior to insufflation, i.e., snorting." The January 31 FDA letter, a copy of which you'll find below, advises that unless the manufacturer of "Blow" quickly cures its violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the company risks legal action and seizure of its product. A call to Logan Gola, who runs the company selling "Blow" was not returned at press time. Since its introduction last year, the energy drink mix has been criticized by law enforcement officers and drug prevention specialists, who have claimed that "Blow" glamorizes drug use and is marketed to children.

I checked out the website and it seems to me that the company is more into glamorizing 80's hair metal. So maybe it is a good thing the feds are trying to keep this out of the kiddies' reach. A few shots of this stuff and they'll be voting for Reagan and investing all of their money in savings and loans. Hey, I've seen it happen.

Having said that, if the feds try to take away my brown sugar-flavored Smack Crispies, I'm going to be really upset.

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