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For Immediate
May 18, 1999

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  Statement of Bruce Silverglade
on FDA Approval of Benecol Margarine

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is pleased that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted on reviewing Benecol Margarine before allowing it to be marketed. Benecol offers another way to lower heart-disease risk.

We are greatly troubled, however, that FDA conducted its review of Benecol in secret and did not provide the public an opportunity to comment.

We are also concerned that the FDA has failed to review many other functional foods that contain unapproved herbal-medicine additives.

Without clear rules and open decision-making, consumers will be faced with an explosion of deceptive claims on junk foods whose safety and effectiveness are based on junk science.