Schmitt, Rick

Rick Schmitt works for Protect Consumer Justice.

The FDA and Hydroxycut: The Watchdog Gets Some Teeth

By Rick Schmitt
Protect Consumer Justice

For years, the Food and Drug Administration has been the agency in Washington that consumer advocates love to hate, attacked and reviled for failing to protect the public against dangerous drugs and medical devices, and threats against the food supply.

But now, at least in the case of one of its most hotly debated responsibilities, the FDA may be in the early stages of shedding its paper tiger image.  The cautious optimism among public health and consumer law experts, stems from a recall that the FDA triggered in May 2009 against the makers of a popular line of weight-loss products sold under the Hydroxycut brand.