In 2024, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) will partner with community-based organizations led by people most impacted by food system inequities. CSPI commits to investing $1.5 million towards these partnerships through grantmaking to support state and local food policy priorities, convening leaders, elevating stories, and tracking public health trends and developments. In partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and / or Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), CSPI will facilitate and disseminate research findings to support policy priorities. CSPI’s commitment advances an equitable food system, and extends from a growing partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, From Now On Fund, and other interested funders.
For over 20 years, advocates have been pressing TTB to require a “Serving Facts” label that tells consumers the serving size, amount of alcohol (in fluid ounces or grams) and calories per serving, the percent alcohol by volume, the number of standard drinks per container and other needed information to make responsible drinking decisions. In response, TTB deliberated, asked for public comment, issued draft rules requiring mandatory labeling that were never finalized, and in 2013, settled on a voluntary rule that has been largely ineffective.
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People with low incomes consume less fruits and vegetables relative to those with more resources. GusNIP addresses these issues by providing financial incentives, or subsidies, for the purchase of fruits and vegetables to people participating in SNAP. While GusNIP is an important tool for increasing equity in FV access and intake, the 2024 Farm Bill offers opportunities to make the program even more equitable.
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest appreciates the opportunity to comment on the efforts of the Department of Commerce, the United States government’s Task Force on Kids Online Health and Safety, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to understand and address the emerging risks to the health, safety, and privacy of minors arising from the use of online platforms. This comment addresses the high levels of unhealthy food marketing children see online and the potential harms arising from this marketing.
The International Association of Consumer Food Organizations, founded by the CSPI, the Japan Offspring Fund, and the Food Commission UK, wrote a comment to Codex, a component of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization that develops international food-safety and labeling standards. In our comment, we urged Codex to define added sugars and mandate the disclosure of added sugars information on food packages.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest appreciates the opportunity to comment on FDA’s Draft Guidance for Industry: Menu Labeling Supplemental Guidance (Edition 2). This draft supplemental guidance covers two topics:
1) Whether Covered Establishments must include calorie disclosures for standard menu items when selling food through third-party platforms, and
2) Whether Covered Establishments may declare added sugars as part of the additional nutrition information available upon request for standard menu items.
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the American Public Health Association, Consumer Federation of America, and Consumer Reports submit this petition requesting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issue final guidance for industry clarifying that FDA’s existing menu labeling regulations apply to menus from covered establishments on third-party platforms such as DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats. As a consequence of such a guidance, calories would appear on all online menus controlled by covered establishments, the way they currently do for versions of those same menus in stores and on those restaurants’/merchants’ websites, and all online menus would communicate that additional nutrition information, such as sodium and saturated fat, is available if requested by the customer.
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest submits this letter requesting a meeting to discuss the status of the citizen petition we submitted to the Food and Drug Administration on January 31, 2022, as well as concerning draft Guidance recently issued by the Agency.
Our petition requested that FDA amend 21 C.F.R. § 101.11(b)(2)(ii) to include added sugars among the nutrients for which information is required to be available in written form on the premises of covered establishments and provided to the customer on request.
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The residents of D.C.’s jails are our neighbors, friends and family members. They will come home to rejoin our communities, so it is counterproductive to compound their sentences with dietary neglect if public safety is our goal. Nutritious food in jail is not a luxury — it is a cornerstone of rehabilitation and a testament to our values as a society.
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Most alcoholic beverages sold in the U.S. are regulated by the Treasury Department and are not required to have nutrition or ingredient information on their labels.
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