The Food and Drug Administration is fighting an infowar with telegenic, day-time TV host Dr. Oz, and if Facebook is any indicator, the federal regulator is getting its clock cleaned. The unusual feud began earlier this week when NBC affiliate stations began airing a preview of yesterday's Dr. Oz Show episode charging that "the apple juice you and your family drink may contain arsenic, a poisonous metal known to cause cancer and potential IQ problems." The terrifying preview inspired a counterattack by the FDA, which published two letters to The Dr. Oz Show refuting the claim, fact sheets explaining how safe apple juice is and a bulletin on the FDA Facebook page. But it may not be enough to quell Dr. Mehmet Oz's loyal, and now horrified, fan base.
"Tell me FDA.... I read your article but WHERE IS YOUR PROOF that it is safe for my babies?????" writes Dawn Hefenfinger on the FDA's Facebook page. "You get paid the big bucks to slowly poison my family."
"I honestly trust what Dr. Oz is saying," adds another commenter Chandra Chauhan. "He has no vested interest to report any lies. So, FDA, please get your act together. It's your job!!!" Another adds, "Ridiculous! You need to regulate this. Do your job!" And another, "The FDA is Killing off humans and the OBAMA Administration has no problems with it." The list of comments goes on.