Latest Center for Science in the Public Interest Stories

2011-01-26 07:44:23

American grocers joined forces with food and beverage producers to unveil a new system on Monday for placing nutritional information on packages ahead of plans from US regulators, who have pushed for clear and accurate labels to help fight the growing obesity epidemic in the United States. The front-of-package labeling move by industry leaders caught the attention of critics, who questioned the move, saying it appeared to be an attempt to dodge federal regulators and to distract consumers...

2010-12-16 12:25:00

A California mother is pursuing a class-action lawsuit against McDonald's, claiming that the fast-food chain is luring kids into eating unhealthy food. Monet Parham is the frontrunner of this lawsuit backed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), aimed at stopping McDonald's use of toys in marketing its Happy Meals for small children. CSPI says that such marketing illegally exploits children, and Parham says that the main reason her six-year-old daughter asks to go to...

2010-07-01 08:00:00

GREENFIELD, Mass., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to a call from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) to ban synthetic dyes to color foods, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) today reminded consumers that they can already avoid such dyes in the marketplace by choosing to purchase organic foods. CSPI's latest report entitled "Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks" outlines health concerns posed by the nine currently approved dyes used on conventionally produced...

2010-06-24 11:15:00

The Center for Science in the Public Interest threatened to file a lawsuit against McDonald's earlier this week, alleging that the fast food chain "unfairly and deceptively" markets Happy Meal toys for children. "McDonald's marketing has the effect of conscripting America's children into an unpaid drone army of word-of-mouth marketers, causing them to nag their parents to bring them to McDonald's," CSPI's Stephen Gardner wrote to the heads of the chain in a letter announcing the lawsuit. The...

2010-05-27 13:23:40

Scientists have found that most food manufacturers and restaurants did not just swap one bad ingredient for another when they trimmed artery-clogging trans fats from products and menus. A Harvard researcher and a consumer advocacy group found that even the French fry got a healthier remake.  However, there is still room for improvement, particularly for some items sold in supermarkets, which replaced heart-damaging trans fat with its unhealthy cousin, saturated fat. The team examined 83...

2010-05-25 14:47:40

A group that encourages healthy food said on Tuesday that laws requiring U.S. restaurant chains to list calorie counts have not stopped them from offering unhealthy meals that pack in calories, fat and salt. A list published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said that a pancake breakfast providing 1,380 calories, a single-serve pizza that packs two days' worth of sodium, and a pasta dish with four day's worth of fat were at the top. The group said it looked for...

2010-05-20 10:40:00

WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Xtreme Eating Awards for 2010 will be announced at a press conference in Washington on Tuesday, May 25. Given by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and published in the June issue of its Nutrition Action Healthletter, the Xtreme Eating Awards highlight the shocking nutritional quality of meals at America's chain restaurants. Who: CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson CSPI Director of...

2010-04-20 10:50:00

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently working on a new plan that will reduce the amount of salt consumed each day, according to a Washington Post report published Tuesday. According to the article, written by staff writer Lyndsey Layton, the FDA "is planning an unprecedented effort" to reduce salt consumption, "saying that less sodium in everything from soup to nuts would prevent thousands of deaths from hypertension and heart disease." Layton reports that new regulations will...

2010-03-24 14:44:35

WASHINGTON -- The national cost of foodborne illness has been estimated at the astronomical sum of $152 billion annually, but the information on who is getting sick and what is causing those illnesses is part of a state-by-state surveillance system that shows mixed results around the country, raising important new questions about how to improve state outbreak reporting. In 2006, more than 200 people fell ill and 5 died after eating spinach contaminated with deadly E. coli bacteria. So in...

2010-03-24 07:10:00

A little-known provision in the recently passed health care reform bill will require restaurant chains to display caloric content of their food offerings on menus and outside of drive-thru windows, Associated Press (AP) writer Mary Clare Jalonick reported on Tuesday. The new federal policy, which was written by Sen. Tom Harkin, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is designed to standardize the way in which fast-food restaurants and other eateries display their...

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