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Consumer Group Praises Pepsi's Disclosure of Caffeine Content

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Consumer Group Praises Pepsi's Disclosure of Caffeine Content

WASHINGTON—Cans and bottles of Pepsi will now bear an important disclosure—the exact amount of caffeine in each serving. That information on soda containers will help pregnant women, parents, and others concerned about adverse effects of the mildly addictive stimulant drug, which is also found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and other products. Since 1997, the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has been calling on the Food and Drug Administration to require disclosure on food labels of caffeine content. The American Medical Association has done the same. Today CSPI applauded PepsiCo’s new practice and called on Coca-Cola and other marketers of caffeine-containing products to follow suit. .


By CSPI,USA.


Health Policy Resource.


Philadelphia Moving Toward Trans-Fat-Free Future

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Philadelphia Moving Toward Trans-Fat-Free Future

8 February 2007. Restaurants in the city of brotherly love are about to become a lot more lovable, with the news that the Philadelphia city council has unanimously passed an ordinance that would get rid of artificially produced and heart-attack-inducing trans fat. Like New York City's similar move, this will further accelerate the pace of partially hydrogenated oil's departure from the food supply, and we hope Mayor John Street promptly signs it into law. Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson .


By CSPI,USA.


Health Policy Resource..


CSPI Recommends Avoiding Fried Foods at Burger King & McDonald's Until Frying Oil No Longer Parti

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CSPI Recommends Avoiding Fried Foods at Burger King & McDonald's Until Frying Oil No Longer Partially Hydrogenated

With separate announcements this week, Burger King and McDonald's clearly see the handwriting on the wall: partially hydrogenated oil, which has been causing tens of thousands of fatal heart attacks annually, is on its way out of the food supply. That process will be accelerated by city and state laws, like New York City’s, which bar restaurants’ use of artificially produced trans fat, and possibly by lawsuits, like the one CSPI filed against KFC. Eventually, the Food and Drug Administration may even revoke its approval for partially hydrogenated oil once and for all. By Michael F. Jacobson. .


By CSPI,USA.


Health Policy Resource.


Glaxo-Affiliated Doctors to Dominate Upcoming NIH Neonatal Herpes Conference

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Glaxo-Affiliated Doctors to Dominate Upcoming NIH Neonatal Herpes Conference

Next month five physicians will lead sessions at a National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conference that was called to write clinical practice guidelines for preventing neonatal herpes. Four of those doctors have direct financial relationships with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline—a company which stands to gain if the conference recommends broader testing of pregnant women for herpes, since Glaxo makes the antiviral drug Valtrex. Today more than 40 physicians and scientists and more than a dozen health organizations called on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to seek balance when it convenes guideline-writing panels, and to ensure that all panelists are free from financial conflicts of interest like those of the four Glaxo-affiliated doctors. .


By CSPI,USA.


Health Policy Resource.