Happy Halloween!
(October 31st, 2003)
On this day of tricks and treats, we'd like to remind you that some of the creatures hovering over your candy bowl are up to no good. Like it or not, a growing fraternity of activists, bureaucrats, lawyers, and nutrition zealots would like nothing better than to enforce candy...
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Trial Lawyers Up Demands On Food Companies
(October 30th, 2003)
Yesterday we pointed you in the direction of a CCF-authored article skewering the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI), which this summer held a conference "intended to encourage and support litigation against the food industry." Now PHAI has announced a conference for next summer,...
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McLawsuit Lies
(October 29th, 2003)
America is a land of second opportunities — even for disgraced, trial-lawyer hacks.Remember the 1993 side-impact crash fiasco on Dateline NBC? The Los Angeles Times called it "the biggest TV scam since the Quiz Scandals." Unbeknownst to viewers, model rockets had been attached to the "side-saddle" gas tank of...
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The Wizard Behind The Obesity-Lawsuit Curtain
(October 29th, 2003)
The Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI). It's a good name for a trial lawyer front-group that works to "encourage and support litigation against the food industry." And as the Center for Consumer Freedom's article in National Review Online points out, it's even less trustworthy than...
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Quote of the Week
(October 28th, 2003)
USA Today reports that the biotechnology industry is working to make soybean products trans-fat-free, and lower in saturated fat. "Consumers may clamor" for these products, the paper notes. Food cop Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) endorses...
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Robert Wood Johnson Lays Food Cops’ Foundation
(October 27th, 2003)
"Greetings, fat people," writes Jack Gordon in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "It cannot have escaped your notice that you lately have been reclassified as not merely unsightly but an actual public health hazard and a menace to society." The chunky among us, he continues, are now being...
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Time to trim the fat in school lunches
(October 24th, 2003)
I'm sure Judy Lewis' complaints about the quality of school lunches spring from the best of intentions ("Time to trim the fat in school lunches," Oct. 24), but she should be more careful when attributing direct quotes to nonprofit organizations without double-checking her facts.Contrary to her claim, the Center...
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Obesity Statistics Seriously Flawed
(October 24th, 2003)
Testifying at a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing on obesity yesterday, the Center for Consumer Freedom discussed how the three most commonly used statistics associated with the so-called obesity epidemic are all seriously flawed. The three faulty statistics are: 1) that obesity causes 300,000...
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Obesity Statistics Seriously Flawed
(October 23rd, 2003)
While obesity is a genuine national problem today, special interests and trial lawyers have promoted hysteria about the issue in order to advance their own political and financial interests. These efforts include frequent citation of inflated health care costs and obesity-related deaths, according to testimony today by...
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Recipe For A Lawsuit
(October 23rd, 2003)
After the California State Senate passed a menu labeling bill that used the language of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) word for word, it was only a matter of time before a menu labeling bill written by CSPI would end up on...
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