The Food and Drug Administration FDA wants to regulate serving size of breath mints. That's right.
This rule was issued March 2014:
“Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One-Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments”
They're extending time for comments, it was announced this week. Things like the definition of a single serving deserve careful attention, and "Each request conveyed concern that the original 90-day comment period does not allow sufficient time to develop a meaningful or thoughtful response to the proposed rule."
The things America chooses to waste time and resources on always amazes.
I used to work at FDA for a short time and opposed labeling mandates that were being initiated even then for a number of reasons. But now I reckon I'm an outlaw, as I was reminded by my colleague Ryan Young, who tweets as @RegOfTheDay.
I write an annual report called Ten Thousand Commandments, surveying trends in federal regulations. So, for fun I had some novelty souvenir mints made up for our Annual Dinner and other occasions. Yep, I called them Ten Thousand Commandmints. They have no label at all.
Clearly I deserve punishment. As my friend and former Cato Institute colleague Adam Thierer (he's now at the Mercatus Center) chided on Twitter; "Indeed! The tryanny of too many tic tacs per package!"
But, alas, it must be so; another friend tweeted: "Thank God. Can you imagine the alternative? Chaos."