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Two-thirds of States Get Poor Grades on School Food Report Card

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Two-thirds of States Get Poor Grades on School Food Report Card

WASHINGTON— Kentucky and Oregon top the nation in healthy school foods policies, but two-thirds of states have no or weak nutrition standards to limit junk-food and soda sales out of vending machines, school stores, and other venues outside of school meals, according to a school foods report card from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).


By CSPI, USA.


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FDA to Hold Hearing on Regulating Salt Content in Food

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FDA to Hold Hearing on Regulating Salt Content in Food

WASHINGTON—For almost three decades, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit nutrition watchdog group, has been urging the Food and Drug Administration to do something—anything—to help Americans avoid high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease by reducing dietary salt consumption. CSPI first petitioned the FDA in 1978 and sued FDA in federal court for its food-dragging in 1983. Then in 2005, CSPI filed a second lawsuit against the FDA, accusing it of not making good on its Reagan-era promises to press food companies to voluntarily reduce salt content in foods. Later that year, CSPI filed another formal petition with the agency urging it to regulate salt.


By CSPI, USA.


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New Food Import Safety Recommendations Issued

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New Food Import Safety Recommendations Issued

For too long, this administration has resisted giving FDA mandatory recall authority, so it's good news that the Interagency Working Group on Import Safety wants to reverse course on that front. Already, several pieces of FDA-reform legislation pending before Congress would give FDA that authority. But when it comes to improving the traceability of food imports, this report is woefully short on specifics. It's hard to recall tainted food if you don't know where it came from, or where it has ended up.


By CSPI, USA.


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Hold on to Your Wallet: CSPI Flags 8 Food Frauds

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Hold on to Your Wallet: CSPI Flags 8 Food Frauds

Made with whole grains! Real Fruit! Strengthen your body’s defenses! Food marketers are seemingly stopping at nothing to convince consumers that fairly ordinary products like waffles, green tea, and jam hold the secret to better health. But according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), these claims are often misleading, and are popping up all over the grocery store, from the chip aisle to the dairy case. Not even the baby food aisle is safe from fraudulent health claims, says the group.


By CSPI, USA.


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