Kraft says it will remove food dye from some pasta and cheese

Kraft says it will remove food dye from some pasta and cheese

NORTHFIELD, Ill., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Kraft plans to remove Yellow No. 5 and No. 6 food dye from pasta shaped like SpongeBob SquarePants, Halloween and winter shapes, the U.S. food maker says.

Boston Market to lower sodium levels

GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Officials of the Boston Market said they plan to reduce sodium levels of some of the restaurant chain's signature items and remove salt shakers from tables.
McDonald's applauds lawsuit dismissal

McDonald's applauds lawsuit dismissal

SAN FRANCISCO, April 5 (UPI) -- McDonald's Corp. hailed a court decision in California that allows the fast-food giant to continue providing toys with its "Happy Meals."
Hidden costs of U.S. prisons in billions

Hidden costs of U.S. prisons in billions

NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- On average, state taxpayers pay 14 percent more on prisons than corrections department budgets reflect, a U.S. non-profit center for justice policy said.

Nevada sued over marriage ceremony rules

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The county government in Las Vegas says a lawsuit challenging Nevada laws dictating who can perform wedding ceremonies should be thrown out.

Report: Sanctions not only option for Iran

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Washington could contain Iran through the use of anti-corruption measures targeting companies doing business with Iran, analysts say.

More shoppers avoiding corn sweetener

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A growing number of U.S. shoppers are opting to buy foods containing pure sugar instead of corn syrup, statistics indicate.
Funds to terrorists still flowing

Funds to terrorists still flowing

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- Experts say the U.S.-led effort to cut off funding to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups is failing both at home and abroad.

Analysis: EU Hezbollah policy draws fire

The European Union has long resisted calls to add Hezbollah to its terrorist list, a move that could financially cripple the Lebanon-based political and militia organization, and a policy shift is unlikely, especially after recent hopes of German and French leadership on the issue have faded.
MEGAN HARRIS, UPI Correspondent

FDA to discuss salt content in foods

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has bowed to a long-standing request by scheduling a hearing on regulating the salt content of various foods.

NYC french fries fail trans fats testing

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest says both Burger King and Wendy's New York City french fries contain unsafe levels of trans fats.

CSPI: Egg producers deceive consumers

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest claimed egg producers are deceiving consumers by falsely implying their eggs promote heart health.

Kellogg adopts new nutrition standards

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., June 14 (UPI) -- Kellogg Co. announced it will adopt nutrition standards to determine which products children under age 12 will see advertised on U.S. airwaves.

McDonald's puts nutrition info on packages

CHICAGO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- McDonald's has announced plans to sell its fast food with a nutrition label at most of its 30,000 restaurants worldwide. The fast-food giant, dogged by lawsuits and a documentary blasting the fat content of its food, made the announcement Tuesday.

Officials say time ripe for prison reform

NEWARK, N.Y., July 26 (UPI) -- U.S. prison officials say a wide political consensus is developing that could lead to positive prison reform and reduce recidivism.
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Michael Jacobson

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 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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