The FDA removed warnings from olestra, the zero-fat substitute, earlier today concluding that if it has any stomach-troubling effect, it’s mild and rare. Uh huh. Don’t you remember the warning that was there before:

“Olestra may cause violent vomiting and projectile bowel movements.”

Uh, I guess the 20,000 complaints that were reported to the FDA were all one big misunderstanding. Yeah, right. I guess this is what happens when you have a Republican-controlled Food and Drug Administration and Procter and Gamble gives huge campaign contributions to the Republican party. Even stuff that’s bad for you is all of the sudden safe again. Perhaps a new product slogan is in order like, “Olestra, you’re sitting on it.”


  1. What’s next? If Phillip Morris contributes enough money, will the warnings on cigarette boxes also be removed? I would sure love to to see a pack of Marlboro’s sans the lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, etc. warnings.

    #1 by JJ — August 2, 2003 @ 12:47 pm

  2. Olestra: anal leakage and major intestinal tweakage, but hey, you’re getting thinner!

    #2 by Nugget — August 5, 2003 @ 9:04 am

  3. When the WOW chips (containing Olestra) first came out, I was one of the first people to try them. I never get sick from anything but after eating just a few of those chips, I had intense diarrhea and severe abdominal cramping. As desperate as I am to lose weight, I never bought another WOW product again! I couldn’t believe they put something on the market that caused that type of reaction. Since I never get sick, I new that I wasn’t a “rare” case and that others would suffer as well.

    #3 by jj — August 9, 2003 @ 9:09 am

  4. *chuckle* I remember when my friend and I first tried Doritos with Olean a few years back while we were at work. Damn was that a mistake- first I ran to the toilet, and then he did. Maybe they should change the market for them as a powerful Metamucil substitute for octagenarians.

    #4 by ProgZ — April 30, 2004 @ 11:52 am

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