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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",...

2008-08-30 00:00:21

A non-profit food advocacy group says it wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require additional tests for a new beverage sweetener. In a letter to the FDA, the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington says the agency should require additional tests, including a key animal study, before accepting rebiana as Generally Regarded as Safe, or GRAS. A 26-page report by toxicologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, says that several, though not all,...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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