Bitter Sweetener

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was under heavy attack last week. In Washington, eleven FDA physicians and other researchers told a Senate subcommittee that they had been harassed, transferred to other projects and sometimes overruled when they recommended against approval of new drugs they had tested. Another devastating blow to the FDA was the publication of the book Eating May Be Hazardous to Your Health (Simon & Schuster; $7.95). It is an exposé of the agency by one of its own employees, Biochemist Jacqueline Verrett, who got her doctorate at Fordham University.

In her outspoken book, Verrett charges that the...

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