It’s always wonderful when our iLulz for the day includes a story of govderp. Hey, govderp is now a thing. In this non-regular edition of govderp we give you the fine work of the FDA. Apparently, the FDA is busy writing warning letters to business owners who claim that their products are made with a little bit of love. The heavy-handed gov agency warned the customer that “Love is not a common or usual name of an ingredient and is considered to be intervening material because i is not part of the common or usual name of the ingredient.”
Yep, that’s some first class govderpage there. Now, what kind of process did whoever get this case at the FDA go through? Was this a solo agent who was just beamed to planet earth from planet, say..Derp? And they have never heard this word love or the myriad of expressions that fit within this phrase, “made with love?” Or was this a team of derpologists who got together as one collective derp to decide to write this business owner this letter?
I don’t know if we’ll ever get the answer to these questions, but I do thank the FDA for this example of govderp. It gave me something fun and amusing to write about while also making fun of the FDA. BONUS!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released a warning letter to Nashoba Brook Bakery, reprimanding the West Concord, Massachusetts-based baker and wholesaler about the ingredients it lists in its granola.
“Your Nashoba Granola label lists ingredient ‘Love,’” the agency wrote in the Sept. 22 letter. “‘Love’ is not a common or usual name of an ingredient, and is considered to be intervening material because it is not part of the common or usual name of the ingredient.”
Nashoba Chief Executive Officer John Gates said the FDA’s take on love as an ingredient “just felt so George Orwell.”
“I really like that we list ‘love’ in the granola,” Gates said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “People ask us what makes it so good. It’s kind of nice that this artisan bakery can say there’s love in it and it puts a smile on people’s face. Situations like that where the government is telling you you can’t list ‘love’ as an ingredient, because it might be deceptive, just feels so silly.”
The bakery was also warned about products that were “prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to heath.”
In an emailed statement, the FDA said that the concerns about “love” were “not among the agency’s top concerns.” The bigger violations were sanitary issues, according to the agency.
“The agency expects the company to correct the serious violations found on FDA’s inspection, as noted in the warning letter,” the agency said in the statement.