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Center for Science in the Public Interest

FDA’s delay of Nutrition Facts label a blow to public health

Opinion

Editor’s note: This contributed opinion column by Dr. Peter G. Lurie, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest is republished here with permission. To read this column on the CSPI website, click here. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to cave in to food industry demands and delay the deadline for companies to update… Continue Reading

Health advocates say FDA ignored law, science on perchlorate

Agency won't ban chemical from food packaging despite evidence it causes infant brain damage

Using the same mechanism that resulted in the banning of cyclamates in 1970, a group of public health watchdog organizations is challenging the FDA’s decision not to ban perchlorate in food packaging. The consumer advocates say the Food and Drug Administration ignored scientific evidence that shows the chemical disrupts fetal and infant brain development, causing… Continue Reading

Food safety insecurity used as a hook against regulatory reform

Each side has just the congressional recess left to practice its hyperbole for the coming Senate fight over how regulations will be used across government. It’s going to get nasty. And confusing. The practice of giving the other side’s bill a dirty name is now a common tactic. Since the Regulatory Accountability Act passed the… Continue Reading

Something fishy: FDA’s final advice on when to eat which fish

The Food and Drug Administration issued its “final advice” on fish and shellfish this week, warning against eating some species and encouraging Americans to eat three servings a week of others. The federal agency gave particular attention to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and in less than 24 hours the Center for Science in the Public… Continue Reading

The man behind ‘Nutrition Facts’ is leaving CSPI’s top job

Contributed

Michael F. Jacobson will move from being the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest to chief scientist, beginning in September 2017. He has co-directed or directed the nonprofit nutrition and food safety watchdog group since its founding in 1971. Jacobson will remain on the group’s board of directors as it conducts… Continue Reading

Survey of store recall notification policies shows efforts are ‘inadequate’

A new survey of 32 leading grocery chains about their in-store recall notification practices reveals policies so “woefully inadequate” that consumers may or may not hear about recalled food items, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should move quickly to adopt a standardized recall notification system as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). That’s… Continue Reading

Safe Food Coalition says safe handling labels need a rewrite

Seven well-known consumer groups acting together as the Safe Food Coalition are petitioning USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service for a revised safe handling instruction label for meat, poultry and catfish. The petition calls upon FSIS to continue to require that labels include information about the potential risk of pathogenic contamination in USDA-regulated meat and poultry… Continue Reading

FDA sued for failing to impose regs about shellfish bacteria

The FDA’s failure to act to protect the public from deadly bacteria in shellfish not only means the agency is in violation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, but it means at least 15 people will likely die unnecessarily every year, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Fresh Produce Responsible for Most Foodborne Illnesses in the U.S.

Fresh produce is the cause of most foodborne illnesses in the U.S., reports the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). In a study of outbreaks that occurred between 2004 and 2013, the consumer advocacy group found that fresh produce, such as cilantro, cucumbers, cantaloupes and peppers, caused 629 outbreaks and almost 20,000 illnesses. But… Continue Reading

Sesame Gains Traction in Push for Food-Labeling Requirements

For the estimated 300,000 to 500,000 people in the United States who are allergic to sesame, the recently introduced Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015 comes as good news. Included in the act’s provisions, which primarily seek to give consumers easy-to-understand labels on food so they can make healthy choices, is Section 8, which would require… Continue Reading