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FDA to tinker with recommended serving sizes, nutrition labels

FDA to tinker with recommended serving sizes, nutrition labels

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- New FDA rules would change how serving sizes and nutritional facts are calculated on presented on food labels.
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Food advocates: Some reddish dye in yogurt made from bugs

Food advocates: Some reddish dye in yogurt made from bugs

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Strawberry, Cherry, Boysenberry and Raspberry flavors of Dannon's "Fruit on the Bottom" line get their color from an insect, a U.S. non-profit group says.
Food advocates criticize Shaq for pitching sugary cream sodas

Food advocates criticize Shaq for pitching sugary cream sodas

WASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. food advocacy group is critical of former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal for pitching a line of cream sodas containing 270 calories and 17 teaspoons of sugar.

CSPI's Worst Restaurant Meal: Long John Silver's Big Catch

WASHINGTON, July 3 (UPI) -- The Worst Restaurant Meal in America is Long John Silver's Big Catch meal -- fried fish, hushpuppies and onion rings, a U.S. food advocacy group says
Food advocates downgrade Splenda from 'safe' to 'caution'

Food advocates downgrade Splenda from 'safe' to 'caution'

WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. food advocates downgraded sucralose, the artificial sweetener better known as Splenda, in the Chemical Cuisine guide to food additives.
FDA urged to set safe soda sugar level

FDA urged to set safe soda sugar level

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A food advocacy group is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine a safe level of added sugar for beverages.

U.S. restaurants offer high-calorie meals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. obesity rates show signs of improving, but restaurants serving 3,000-calorie plates of pasta aren't helping, a non-profit group says.

Group sues over soda label claim

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The manufacturer of 7UP faces a lawsuit over its touting of an antioxidant in its regular and diet Cherry Antioxidant sodas, a U.S. non-profit group says.

Food Day events being planned nationwide

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Organizers of Food Day, a celebration of healthy, sustainable and affordable food, said this year's event Oct. 20 might top the 2,300 events held last year.

Advocates ask Welch's to curb health claim

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington says Welch's shouldn't be slapping a heart-health icon on its grape juice and other products.

Firm sued for alleged unnatural ingredients

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed in California against Nature Valley alleges its granola bars advertised as "100 percent natural ingredients," contain artificial ingredients.
Groups ask surgeon general for soda report

Groups ask surgeon general for soda report

WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- About 100 health, medical and consumer groups are calling on the U.S. surgeon general to issue a report on the health effects of soda and sugary drinks.
Polls show mixed reaction to soda sanction

Polls show mixed reaction to soda sanction

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- Two polls Thursday disagreed whether government should impose dietary restrictions to fight obesity.

Group: 100,000 lives saved if salt lowered

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- More than 100,000 U.S. lives could be saved annually if salt levels in packaged and restaurant foods were halved, a food advocacy group says.

Group: Soft drinks may contain carcinogen

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- Chemical analyses found Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi contain high levels of a known animal carcinogen, a U.S. food advocacy group said.
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Michael F. Jacobson (b. 1943), who holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-founded the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 1971, along with two fellow scientists he met while working at the Center for the Study of Responsive Law. When his colleagues left CSPI in 1977, Jacobson served as executive director. Today, Jacobson sits as secretary on the board of directors of the organization. He has been a national leader in the movement to require nutrition labels on all foods and most beverages to help consumers make informed decisions about what to consume. It was Jacobson who coined the now widely used phrases "junk food" and "empty calorie".

Jacobson sits on the National Council of the Great American Meatout, an annual event sponsored by Farm Animal Rights Movement, that encourages people to "kick the meat habit" for a day. Jacobson and his organization have criticized a wide variety of foods and beverages as unhealthful. He and CSPI frequently use colorful terms to emphasize their opposition to certain foods, for instance referring to fettuccine alfredo as a "heart attack on a plate."

"Soda is the quintessential junk food—just sugar calories and no nutrients," says Jacobson. "Americans are drowning in soda pop—teenagers, in particular. The average teenage boy is consuming two cans of soda pop a day." Jacobson proposes several warning labels, including "Drinking (non-diet) soft drinks contributes to obesity and tooth decay," and "Consider switching to diet soda, water, or skim milk." He once asked a CBS News reporter: "Obesity is an epidemic. One-third of youths already are overweight or obese. Are we just going to sit around and do nothing? Or should we do something—a modest, sensible step of putting a health message on cans and bottles?"

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