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CSPI and NOFAS oppose legislation that could pre-empt state and local fetal alcohol syndrome prevention measures
CSPI's Alcohol Policies Project and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) joined enviromental, food safety, and consumer protection groups in opposing the National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005 (H.R. 4167), which would pre-empt local and state food saftey and labeling laws. As outlined in the letter, CSPI and NOFAS are particularly concerned that the bill could wipe out laws in 19 states and the District of Columbia which require warning signs on drinking and pregnancy to be psted where is sold and served. The bill passed the House of Representatives on March 9, 2006, despite strong opposition from a majority of State Attorneys General and a wide range of consumer protection and food safety groups. Advocacy against this bill will now shift to the Senate, which has yet to take it up.





The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a nonprofit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition, food safety, and alcohol policies.  It led efforts to obtain warning labels on alcoholic beverages and is well-known for revealing the nutrition content of many restaurant foods.  CSPI is supported largely by the 800,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.

Updated March 16, 2006


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