Entries in CSPI (3)


How Many Calories? No More Guessing

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Here's one way the new health care law was made an obvious difference.  It requires chain restaurants to start posting calorie counts for menu items. 

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday formally unveiled its rules that will put the calorie policy into effect.

Of course, as many will have already noticed, eating establishments are not waiting for government. Many have already started to display calorie counts, which had previously been required only in New York City.

The Center for Science and Public Interest is out with its praise for the FDA's march forward with the calorie count legislation, which is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

CSPI is not happy about just one thing.  Movie theaters and alcohol are exempt from the new labeling regulations.  CSPI says will will "press the FDA to include them in the final regulation."

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CSPI: Caramel Coloring in Cola Can Cause Cancer

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A major consumer group called for a government ban Wednesday on two types of caramel coloring used in colas, warning that the ingredients could cause cancer.  The soft drink industry came out swinging, strongly objecting to the claim.

"We're asking the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of caramel coloring that's used in colas and certain other soft drinks and a variety of other foods," said Michael Jacobson, Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  "The reason is that several years ago a government agency, the National Toxicology Program, tested a contaminant in the coloring and found that it caused cancer in mice and possibly rats."

According to the CSPI, pure caramel is made by heating sugar, while the coloring found in cola like Pepsi and Coca-Cola is made by reacting sugars with ammonia.  Jacobson said the chemicals the reaction produces have been proven by federal government tests to be carcinogens, a finding that the Coca-Cola Company vehemently disputes.

"CSPI's statement irresponsibly insinuates that the caramel used in our beverages is unsafe and maliciously raises cancer concerns among consumers," the company said in a statement.  "This does a disservice to the very public for which CSPI purports to serve.  In fact, studies show that the caramel we use does not cause cancer."

For now, the FDA tells ABC News that it, along with the World Health Organization, has been studying these chemicals and their potential effects on humans.  The FDA says it will respond to CSPI's petition in accordance with required timelines. ´╗┐

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FDA Will Examine Link Between Food Dye and Child Behavior

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting to determine if there is a negative link between child consumption of synthetic color additives in food and a child’s behavior. 

The Center for Science in the Public Interest said Wednesday the FDA will meet in March to determine whether “relevant data” is available to link food dyes with impaired behavior by children, a meeting they said is “welcome and overdue.”

“Yellow 5, Red 40, and other commonly used food dyes have long been shown in numerous clinical studies to impair children’s behavior,” said CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson. “But for years, FDA — which actually commissioned one of the first controlled studies — dismissed the mounting evidence against the dyes.”

Jacobsen said that animal studies have also demonstrated the link between food dyes and cancer.

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