CSPI Aims for Grand Slam, Whiffs on Facts

This just in: Eating is “dangerous.” At least, that’s what the Center for Science in the Public Interest is claiming in a new lawsuit against Denny’s restaurant. Time for an emergency reality check.
CSPI has a long history of filing media-stunt lawsuits. This time around, its activist leaders allege that the amount of sodium in Denny’s “Moons Over My Hammy” (and other menu items) violates New Jersey’s consumer protection statutes. The kicker? Even though CSPI claims that Denny’s is “misleading” consumers by not providing nutrition information on salt content, Denny’s readily provides the information not just online, but also in every one of its restaurants.
Here’s what we’re telling reporters today:

“Consumers, legislators, and others should take CSPI’s latest frivolous lawsuit with a grain of salt. Instead of clogging up our courts with baseless lawsuits, CSPI ought to focus on telling Americans where they can get useful information.”

Denny’s isn’t the only target of food zealots this week. Today’s lawsuit comes on the heels of yesterday’s news that the phony "Cancer Project," itself a spinoff of the horribly misnamed Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, filed a lawsuit in New Jersey to force hot dog manufacturers to slap warning labels on their franks.
These two lawsuits are just more proof that activists have no qualms about abusing the legal system to push their baseless agendas, even on taxpayers’ dimes. Both filings are baseless. We’ve said it before: There is no conclusive link between salt intake and heart-health problems. And the Cancer Project has repeatedly and shamelessly promoted its bogus hot dog cancer claim.
The healthiest thing Americans can do is ignore CSPI’s press releases. And those from PCRM, while you’re at it. (And PETA, and HSUS, and Greenpeace…)

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