FDA's nano rules come a day late and a dollar short
Right now, you're playing guinea pig in the world's biggest biotech experiment as tiny untested particles are quietly dumped into your food, drink, cosmetics, and more -- and no one has any idea what they'll do to you in the long run.
Conspiracy theory? No way.
Microscopic nanoparticles have been added to virtually everything over the past few years, and the FDA has sat back and done nothing to ensure their safety. And only now, when you can't avoid them even if you try, are they finally getting around to MAYBE proposing POSSIBLE rules that COULD take effect... SOMEDAY.
That's the FDA for you.
I'm surprised they've taken even this tiny step -- makes me wonder what made them wake up and smell the micronized particles (and yes, they're in your colognes and perfumes too).
Maybe it was the fact that we know these particles can be ingested, absorbed through the skin, and even inhaled from the air -- and once inside the body, they can cross the blood-brain barrier.
Or maybe it was the research that found these particles can kill nerve cells and POKE HOLES in the brain.
On the other hand, that last one could explain the FDA's complete inaction on this -- because you'd have to have a pretty big hole in your head to allow the widespread use of these micronized particles without any real testing.
Don't expect that to change anytime soon, despite the latest proposal. For an up-close look at how slowly the FDA normally operates, just take a look at the agency's "urgent" action to regulate antibiotics in livestock, first proposed in 1977.
Only now -- 35 years later -- are they turning that proposal into reality, and only because a court ordered them to.
In other words, don't hold your breath waiting for the newest proposal to lead to actual action... but you might want to hold your breath anyway so you don't inhale any of those particles.