Food Scares (page 12)

Hot Dog Eating Contest to Be Protested By PETA Pals

We’ve been beating up on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg a lot lately, but he’s suddenly looking more like a cool babysitter than a nagging nanny.  But…
Posted July 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

America’s Newest Export: Soda Scaremongering?

The soda scare has not only jumped the shark, it has now jumped the pond. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has taken its vendetta against soda to the…
Posted June 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

PCRM’s Latest Fast-Food Freakout

Lost among last week’s brouhaha over Great Nanny of New York Michael Bloomberg’s edict banning large-ish restaurant sodas was another of the tiresome stunts by the misleadingly named—only 10…
Posted June 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

The Latest “Latest Study” Strikeout: Rats, Sugar, and Press Releases

We’ve made fun of “The Latest Study” for a decade, and today, the mockery rings truer than ever. The newest “latest study” may take the cake. A…
Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

The Winners From “Pink Slime” Scare Are … Australian?

We predicted that the unscientific, hysterical calls to remove finely textured beef–tarred as “pink slime” in the media—would result in higher hamburger prices and no benefits to food safety…
Posted May 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Take Up the Thin Man’s Burden, Says Public Health Community

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), a group that advises the federal government on medical and public health issues, released a report today outlining its recommended strategies to reduce the…
Posted May 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm

CSPI Wants a More Effective Scare Machine

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) must envy the power of “ick.” After years of calling fettucine alfredo a “heart attack on a plate,” saying…
Posted April 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Reality’s Calling: It Says Sugar Isn’t Poison

A few months after “60 Minutes” featured the absurd claim that foods are essentially legal cocaine, last night’s episode featured yet another food hysteria.
Posted April 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Offal for Me, But Not for Ye

With the makers of boneless lean beef trimmings – pejoratively tarred as “pink slime”— suspending operations at three of their four plants, the activists’ whirlwind campaign against…
Posted March 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Cookies Equal Cocaine? Scientists Say It Ain’t So

The latest fad in obesity research is to claim that Americans are fat because “fatty food [is] addictive as cocaine,” to borrow from a Bloomberg News headline.
Posted March 21, 2012 at 4:06 pm