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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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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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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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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Animal Rights Rides The Obesity Bandwagon
(October 22nd, 2003)
For the benefit of those who recently emerged from hibernation, the politics of fat now looms large in our national debate. Everyone from public health do-gooders to environmentalists and the organic farming lobby have tried to advance their agendas by making tenuous connections to our so-called obesity epidemic. And...
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CSPI Gets Blasted
(October 21st, 2003)
In August the hypocritical moralizing of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) was on full display when it condemned the federal government's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee simply because some of its members had received funding from industry groups -- while at...
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Public Health Busybodies Target Eating Habits
(October 20th, 2003)
Most Americans believe that AIDS and other communicable diseases constitute the biggest threat to our nation's health. But according to the "experts" from the field of public health, they're dead wrong. A new Roper survey reveals that four out of five public-health professionals now consider obesity our...
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