On May 5th, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to General Mills stating that cholesterol-lowering claims the manufacturer was making about Cheerios cereal committed “serious violations” of federal law. According to the agency, the message — that consumers could lower their cholesterol 4% by eating Cheerious regularly for six weeks — touted the prevention and treatment of a disease, meaning Cheerios should be classified as a drug, and an unapproved one at that. This came ...

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