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2009-11-20 13:45:00

A new U.S. study showed that movie theater patrons who order a bag of popcorn or soft drink are consuming more calories than they may be aware of, AFP reported. Some of America's biggest cinema chains offer customers mind-boggling calorie counts, according to nutritional analysis of popcorn servings. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit group, compared some popcorn and drinks combos to consuming three McDonald's quarter-pounders topped with 12 pats of butter. In fact, a...

2009-11-12 10:00:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the next several weeks, the U. S. Senate has an historic opportunity to take a major step toward improving food safety for all Americans. That is why a coalition of public health professionals, consumer organizations and groups representing victims of foodborne illness is sending the message that it is time to "Make Our Food Safe for the Holidays!" Every year, millions of Americans are sickened from consuming contaminated food, hundreds...

2009-10-14 15:11:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) today convened the 2nd Annual Global Food Safety Policy Forum with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in Washington, DC, bringing together policymakers and private experts from around the globe to discuss solutions that improve food supply in the United States and worldwide. "Food safety is an important segment of the science economy," said Waters President Arthur Caputo. "Rising global...

2009-10-01 09:27:00

Drug Giant Tries to Silence CSPI With Threat of Libel Suit WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for Science in the Public Interest has sued the German drug company Bayer for falsely claiming that the selenium in Men's One A Day multivitamins might reduce the risk of prostate cancer. The lawsuit is filed in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco. CSPI first contacted Bayer in June to demand that the drug maker alter its marketing of Men's One A Day...

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2009-08-01 06:40:00

Health officials from the CDC are discussing an option that would enact taxes on high-sugar soda drinks in order to encourage Americans to stay in shape. Officials from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity held the inaugural "Weight of the Nation" conference in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss possible measures to prevent and control obesity "through policy and environmental strategies." The possible measure to tax sodas...

2009-07-29 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight organizations were awarded the Pioneering Innovation Award today at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington, D.C. These organizations are being recognized for their work in advancing policies and environmental strategies to prevent and control obesity. With rising rates of obesity in adults, particularly those from certain racial and ethnic groups, the CDC recognizes the need...

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2009-07-24 05:59:11

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) sued Denny's Corp. on Thursday over the restaurant chain's lack of disclosure of "dangerously high" sodium levels in its meals. In a lawsuit filed in Middlesex County, New Jersey, the advocacy group said some meals at Denny's contain more than 5,000 milligrams of sodium "“ an amount far exceeding the 1,500 milligrams of daily sodium that most Americans should consume. High sodium diets are a leading cause of high blood pressure, which...

2009-06-22 16:46:19

U.S. physicians, health organizations and nutrition experts are asking President Barack Obama to create a Presidential Commission to combat obesity. In a letter to the president, the experts say the approach of the United Kingdom's anti-obesity strategy could serve as a model for a similar effort in the United States. Those who signed the letter include: the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the American Diabetes Association, American Public Health Association, National Consumers...

2009-06-19 20:58:04

The Liquid Candy Tax Calculator shows policymakers and the public how much the government could raise by taxing sugary drinks, a U.S. advocacy groups said. Officials at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington said that federal and state governments should levy excise taxes on soda and other sugary drinks both to raise revenues to pay for health coverage and prevention programs and also to decrease consumption of products that promote obesity. For example, the online tool...

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2009-06-11 16:29:31

A coalition of chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, agreed on Wednesday to support a new law that mandates they disclose calorie counts on their menus. The new law could be included as part of the upcoming healthcare overhaul legislation to be debated in Congress in the coming weeks. "America is facing an obesity epidemic which must be addressed at the national level," Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who along with Democratic Senators Tom Carper and Tom Harkin support the menu labeling...