Latest Center for Science in the Public Interest Stories

Pfizer Agrees To Change Centrum Vitamin Health Claims
2012-07-06 06:35:01

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The act of reading labels has become quite necessary with new foods and products coming on the market. One watchdog group in particular demanded that Pfizer Inc. take down certain health claims and change up language for other claims. Recently, the company agreed to remove “breast health” and “colon health” claims from the labels of the Centrum multivitamin supplements that appear misleading and deceptive....

Cancer Causing Chemical Prevalent In Pepsi And Coke Products
2012-03-07 08:26:01

Popular soft-drink products contain levels of a chemical that is a known animal carcinogen, according to new chemical analyses. The chemical 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) was found in Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Diet Coke, and Diet Pepsi after an analyses by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). CSPI said the carcinogen forms when ammonia or ammonia and sulfates are used to manufacture the "caramel coloring" that gives sodas their distinctive brown colors. The organization...

2011-07-20 08:40:00

Several food dishes served up by some of America's favorite eateries are among the top offenders in a health advocacy group's report of menu items featuring over-the-top contents of sodium, fat and calories. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) unveiled the group of "honorees" in the Nutrition Action Healthletter on Tuesday. Some of the worst offenders include burgers topped with pork belly and fried eggs and meatballs stuffed with provolone, and also include such popular...

2011-06-22 14:00:00

A spokesman said Tuesday that fast-food chain Jack in the Box pulled toys from the kids' meals. According to Reuters, the move comes after fast-food companies are under pressure to stop using toys to market children's meals that are high in calories, sugar, fat and salt. Lawmakers in San Francisco and nearby Santa Clara County passed laws that will require kids' meals to meet certain nutritional standards before they can add toys to the mix. "While we've been aware of efforts to ban the...

2011-04-29 06:05:00

The Obama administration Thursday called for food companies to cut back on their aggressive advertising of junk foods to children, saying the marketing campaigns contribute to a serious health crisis in America's younger generation. The administration issued proposed voluntary principles which would replace current children's food advertising with advertising for foods that "make a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet" and minimize ingredients that could have a negative impact on...

2011-04-05 12:06:00

Thousands of Events on October 24 Will Encourage Americans to 'Eat Real' WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many of the most prominent voices for change in the food movement and a growing number of health, hunger, and sustainable agriculture groups today announced plans for Food Day--a nationwide campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day will encourage people around the country to...

2011-02-16 15:03:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- JunkScience.com responded today to the claim by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) that the caramel coloring used in Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other foods is contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. CSPI's claim is based on studies in which laboratory rats were given extremely high doses of 2-methylimidazole (2-MI) and 4-methylimidazole (4-MI). But such studies are entirely unreliable indicators of cancer-causing affects...

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