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Study finds no cancer risk from acrylamide

BOSTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The first study to assess the impact of levels of acrylamide in the diet has found no evidence the chemical increases the risk of cancer.

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FDA to look into carcinogen in food supply

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Five months after the discovery of a known cancer-causing substance in certain food products sparked global concern, the Food and Drug Administration is ready t
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Fake meat making people ill, group claims

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A new meat substitute that is made from fungus is making people violently ill and should be taken off the market, a consumer advocacy group charged Monday.
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More research needed on food carcinogen

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 27 (UPI) -- The recent discovery of acrylamide -- a known cancer-causing substance -- in french fries, potato chips and other processed foods is a serious health concern but more research is needed before the risk the chemical poses to humans can be determined, an ad

Carcinogen in food sparks global concern

WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The alarming discovery of a potent cancer-causing chemical in potato chips, french fries and other junk food first reported by Sweden in April has spurred global concern and the World Health Organization has convened a meeting beginning in Geneva Tuesday
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent

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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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