April 20, 2012 |
Starbucks has declared that it will no longer use cochineal extract, an insect-derived red coloring, in its wares. If anyone is imagining that the use of this dye is rare or new, they're mistaken. At a UCLA “economic botany” website we learn, among other things, that cochineal bug, or Dactylopius coccus , if you want to address it formally, is an insect that sucks the sap of prickly pear cactus and was used by the early Mixtec Indians of pre-Hispanic Mexico as a red dye for clothing.
September 24, 2004 |
A consumer group and 35 doctors and scientists asked the National Institutes of Health to oversee an independent review of the science that led to new guidelines urging wider use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the doctors and scientists said in a letter to NIH that there wasn't enough evidence to justify the recommendations, especially for women, older people and diabetics.
March 10, 1999 |
Led by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 37 health and consumer groups petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of seven antibiotics in livestock, saying the practice poses a potential threat to human health. The drugs the groups want banned are penicillin, tetracycline, erythromycin, tylosin, lincomycin, virginiamycin and bacitracin.
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February 12, 2001
Henry Miller may be right that Americans are "fatsos" ("FDA Fails to Give Olestra Fair Weight," Opinion, Feb. 4). But he is wrong in concluding that eating foods containing the fat substitute Olestra is an important means of preventing obesity and heart disease. Small amounts of Olestra reduce the body's absorption of carotenoids, which may help prevent eye and other diseases. That's why University of Hawaii cancer researcher John Bertram (not the Center for Science in the Public Interest, as Miller charged)
August 4, 2011 |
It's easy to be the Monday-morning quarterback, but credit the Center for Science in the Public Interest for asking why federal regulators didn't warn consumers sooner about the possibility that turkey from a Cargill plant in Arkansas might be tainted with salmonella. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture acknowledged Thursday that they may have had hints that the strain of salmonella that has caused one death and more than 20 hospitalizations was tied with the Arkansas plant.
July 10, 2002 |
Less than three months after its Sunny Delight orange drink was branded "junk food" containing little real juice by a consumer group, Procter & Gamble Co. agreed to change the label of the sugary beverage. Sunny Delight no longer will be described as a "real fruit beverage," but as "orange-flavored citrus punch and other natural flavors." The consumer products giant also agreed to change the picture on the label to show a variety of fruits and not just oranges.
October 9, 2002 |
The numerous reports of death and illness among users of dietary supplements containing the herb ephedra show that the government must ban the unrestricted sales of such products, a panel of experts testified before Congress. Ephedra, the experts told a Senate subcommittee, has been linked to heart attacks and strokes and has not been proven to have any valid medical purpose. They urged the Food and Drug Administration to remove the products from the market.