We, the undersigned citizens, strongly urge the Food and Drug Administration to ban synthetic dyes from food and beverages given the substantial evidence that the dyes harm susceptible children.
Did you know that food and chemical companies can decide for themselves whether a chemical is safe for use in food?
Betty Crocker fruit snacks are as unhealthy as gummy bears and are widely advertised to children. Please join us today in sending a message to General Mills today to ask them to stop marketing Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks to kids.
The retail food environment should support shoppers’ health, not undermine it. Starting with checkout—one of the most profitable and unhealthy areas of the store, where extra calories are pushed on shoppers (they’re called impulse purchases for a reason)—CSPI is asking Walmart, Kroger, Publix, and Walgreens to rethink the foods and beverages that are sold near the cash register and instead offer products that support shoppers’ efforts to eat well.
Chili’s is the “winner” of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement award at the MilliGrammys—awards recognizing ridiculous amounts of sodium in restaurant meals. Most of us should limit ourselves to about 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. But some meals at Chili’s, like its Crispy Fiery Pepper Crispers—with 6,240 milligrams— double or almost triple that amount. Contact Chili’s President Wyman T. Roberts and ask him to support sodium reduction!
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It’s happening again. The Trump Administration is deregulating another federal safety program, and this time it’s affecting our food supply. Last week, the Washington Post broke a story on the USDA's plans to shift much of the responsibility for food safety inspections in hog plants to the pork industry as early as May.
Ask your members of Congress to prioritize the health of our schoolchildren in the Child Nutrition Reauthorization and build upon the progress made thus far on sodium, whole grains, and added sugars.
More than three-quarters of the sodium in our diets is from restaurant and packaged foods. Measures to lower sodium are needed to make our food healthier and could save well over 100,000 lives over ten years. So, what’s the FDA waiting for?
The Trump Administration is loosening rules for stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, allowing retailers to count spray cheese and similarly unhealthy items as staple foods. Tell the U. S. Department of Agriculture that low-income families deserve to shop in stores that offer a meaningful variety of healthy staple foods.
Americans consume way too much sodium and not enough potassium, increasing their risk for high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks. Replacing some of the sodium chloride (salt) in the food supply with potassium chloride could help!
Inaccurate and conflicting messages about what to eat are pervasive, often resulting from a single, flawed study. That’s why the Dietary Guidelines synthesis of all the evidence is so important. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses that combine findings, excluding poorly conducted or biased studies, more accurately evaluate the relationships between diet and health. Urge the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee and USDA to allow the review of all high-quality systematic reviews, not just USDA's own.
Given the large role of restaurant foods in children’s diets and high customer demand for healthier options, restaurants should do more to support healthy eating by children. That includes taking sugary drinks off their kids' menus.
Tell the USDA to stop requiring that processed meat be labeled as “Uncured,” and/or “No Nitrate or Nitrite Added*” when they have been processed using non-synthetic sources of added nitrate and nitrite, such as celery powder. These claims are misleading, and could be tricking consumers into believing that some processed meat is healthier, when that’s not the case.
Despite massive public opposition, the Trump administration's USDA is moving forward with plans to privatize and deregulate meat inspection. Not only are they privatizing work performed by USDA inspectors, they are removing caps on slaughter line speeds and pushing forward without a Salmonella testing standard in place.
Congress must support efforts to address the risks from excessive sodium in food and facilitate transparency for consumers, allowing them to make more informed choices for themselves and their families about what they eat.
A new CSPI report, Changing the Channels: How Big Media Helps Big Food Target Kids (and What to Do about It), found that the number of unhealthy foods and beverages advertised during children’s programming has not decreased since 2012. However, the amount of junk food advertising to kids varies widely between channels. PBS, Univision, Disney (Disney, Disney Jr., and Disney XD), and Nick Jr.
Children eat about a quarter of their calories from restaurants. When kids eat out, they typically consume more calories, added sugars, and sugary drinks and fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains than when they eat at home. Given the large role restaurant foods play in children’s diets and the high demand by parents for healthier options for their kids, restaurants should do more to support healthy eating for children.
An important measure to protect pork inspection is being considered in Congress—but we still need your help. In June, the U.S. House of Representatives approved language in the 2020 federal funding bill that would block the US Department of Agriculture from deregulating pork inspection.
For the second year running, a multi-state E. coli outbreak is forcing Americans to question whether the lettuce we put on our holiday tables will be safe to eat. At the same time, your members of Congress are currently deciding how much funding to provide the government in the coming year, including key investments in food safety.
Even when there is an outbreak of deadly antibiotic resistant bacteria, agribusinesses can block the lock the barn door, keeping federal and state officials out.
But we’re supporting a bill that would change all that – and we need your help. Tell your member of Congress: Support the Expanded Food Safety Investigation Act of 2019.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching another attack on the nutritional health of children. The latest proposal would allow students to choose pizza, French fries, and cookies regularly in place of a healthier school lunch. It would allow more French fries in place of carrots in school lunch, more fried hash browns in breakfast, and less fruit in some school breakfasts.