“Fox and Friends” revisited the Obama administration’s healthy eating push on Tuesday morning as host Clayton Morris warned viewers that the Food and Drug Administration wanted to outlaw doughnuts and Christmas cookies.
It’s unclear why “Fox and Friends” took on the FDA’s preliminary ruling on trans fat now, as the agency announced its intention to require the food industry to phase out trans fats more than a year ago. Conservative news site Breitbart did run a story on Dec. 22 stating that “Early next year, the FDA is expected to finalize a new regulation intended to eradicate even trace amounts of partially hydrogenated oils, known as trans fats, from our diets,” though.
Morris lamented that the FDA would regulating trans fats so strictly that sprinkled doughnuts would effectively be banned.
“Doesn’t the F.D.A. have more important things to do than regulate sprinkles?” he asked economist Jayson Lusk.
Lusk pointed out that many food companies already have cut back drastically on the amount of trans fats in their products, which he said makes additional regulations unnecessary.
Morris chimed in with a list of other foods he said would be banned if the FDA’s preliminary ruling went into effect: crackers, frozen pizza, popcorn, coffee creamers and canned frosting.
“If you’re making some cookies once a year with your kids on the holidays, that’ll be banned,” he added.
The “the FDA is coming after your doughnuts!” line has been floating around since the agency announced the ruling last year. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), known for his libertarian views, said at a fundraiser in November 2013 that if the FDA was going to run a “nanny state,” any of its employees with an unhealthy body mass index should be made to exercise with “somebody from maybe OSHA lashing them while they’re on the treadmill.”
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.