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2009-04-29 08:15:00

Victims & Their Families Convene in Washington D.C. to Share Personal Stories & Ask Congress to Pass Legislation that Will Protect the Public WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 20 victims of foodborne illness, including surviving family members of those killed by contaminated food, gathered today at the U.S. Capitol to share their stories, meet with legislators and voice support for legislation to reform our nation's food safety system. Representing the 76...

2009-04-23 06:00:00

Organizations Issue Four-Step Plan Calling for Mandatory Alcohol Labeling and More Resources to Combat Underage Drinking WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of public interest groups today called on Congress and the Obama Administration to overturn decades of inattention to the nation's alcohol policies by finally issuing a useful final regulation to require standardized labeling information on beer, wine and distilled spirits products and providing the government...

2009-02-27 10:10:00

News Conference on Tuesday, March 3 in Annapolis WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Supporters of legislation that would require nutrition information on chain restaurant menus and menu boards in Maryland will hold a news conference at noon on Tuesday in Annapolis, Md. Following the news conference a hearing on the measure will be held in the House Health and Government Operations Committee. Who: Delegate Doyle Niemann (D-47) Senator David Harrington (D-47) CSPI Government...

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2009-02-02 10:47:59

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging Pennsylvania's governor to ignore a recommendation opposing banning artificial trans fat in foods. A task force recommended Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and the state's lawmakers reject a proposed legislative phase-out of the harmful food ingredient. But CSPI urged the state to adopt the legislation requiring restaurants to phase out artificial trans fat -- the heart-attack-inducing fat that comes from partially hydrogenated oil. The...

2009-01-15 12:37:00

vitamins + water + sugar + hype = soda - bubbles WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coca-Cola Company has been served notice a class action lawsuit filed (http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/vitaminwater_filed_complaint.pdf)over what the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says are deceptive and unsubstantiated claims on its VitaminWater line of beverages. Coke markets VitaminWater as a healthful alternative to soda by labeling its several flavors with such health buzz...

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2009-01-15 16:16:09

The consumer group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced on Thursday that it had filed a class action lawsuit against Coca-Cola Co., saying the company is making deceptive health claims about its Vitaminwater products. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, and comes just weeks after regulators warned the company about its marketing practices. In a suit the world's largest soft drink maker called "ridiculous",...

2009-01-15 11:24:43

The Coca-Cola Co. has been served notice of a class-action lawsuit filed over their claims for its VitaminWater beverages, a U.S. non-profit group said. Officials at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington said Coke markets VitaminWater as a healthful alternative to soda and makes a wide range of claims, including that its drinks variously reduce the risk of chronic disease, reduce the risk of eye disease, promote healthy joints and support optimal immune function. While...

2009-01-14 20:58:16

The fast-food chain Subway is absent from a self-regulatory initiative involving foods marketed to kids, U.S. non-profit officials said. The non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington and more than 30 other national and local health advocacy groups and experts are urging Subway to join the Council of Better Business Bureau's Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative -- to provide companies that advertise foods and beverages to children with a transparent and...

2008-12-12 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even as the Obama Administration sets its sights on stabilizing and strengthening the U.S. economy, a coalition of public interest groups today called on the transition team and incoming Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to move quickly on another matter where action by the Treasury Department is needed and long overdue: requiring mandatory, basic serving facts disclosing alcohol content per serving and the definition of moderate, or...

2008-12-04 12:13:31

The average sodium content of 528 U.S. packaged and restaurant foods increased by less than 1 percent from 2005 to 2008, non-profit officials said. Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, said that considering the food industry's acknowledgment that sodium levels are too high, the lack of progress in decreasing the sodium content of many foods is disturbing. The medical community has long agreed that diets high in sodium are a...