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Center for Science in the Public Interest Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 02/04/2014: Center for Science in the Public Interest

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Also Known As: CSPI
Physical Address: Washington, DC 20005 
EIN: 23-7122879
Web URL: www.cspinet.org 
Video URL(s): Real Bears story of too much soda
Michael Jacobson explains Food Day
CSPI takes on Vitamin Water for false claims
NTEE Category: K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
W Public, Society Benefit
W90 Consumer Protection and Safety
Ruling Year: 1971 
How This Organization Is Funded: Subscriptions to Nutrition Action Healthletter - $11,834,252
Contributions from Members - $4,964,030
Foundation Grants - $1,462,044


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Mission Statement

CSPI is a consumer advocacy organization whose twin missions are to conduct innovative research and advocacy programs in health and nutrition, and to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well-being.

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $19,595,524
Total Expenses $19,582,560

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Dr. Michael F. Jacobson

Profile:

Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., is CSPI's Co-founder and Executive Director. After earning a doctorate in microbiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he came to Washington, D.C. to do research on food additives. His interest in nutrition and food safety -- and his career as a consumer advocate -- had begun. Since CSPI's creation in 1971, Dr. Jacobson has worked diligently to bring Americans safer, more nutritious food.

Leadership Statement:

Over the past 43 years, the CSPI staff and I have been called many things – from “food police” on the one hand to “the nation’s leading watchdog group for nutrition and health.” But whether folks are calling us names or singing our praises, we get their attention and we spur needed changes. CSPI has built a national reputation for scientific honesty and impeccable credibility among the media, policy makers, and the general public. That has enabled CSPI to reach millions of consumers with lifesaving information on how to make safer, healthier food choices and to build citizen power to prod our government to stand up to the strong-arm tactics of industry. In a society where a company may spend $25 million to advertise a single candy bar, it has been very gratifying to me to see how a small organization like CSPI has been able to leverage its modest resources to improve the lives of millions of people and to alter the practices of multi-billion-dollar corporations. Today, CSPI has a full-time staff of 60, including several in Canada, and an annual budget of $20 million. And CSPI’s Nutrition Action Healthletter brings the latest nutrition and health news and advice to more than 900,000 members, subscribers, national policymakers, and key journalists. We have much work to do: More than half of American adults are overweight or obese. Tens of millions of people experience food poisoning each year, and thousands die. Meanwhile, antibiotics are losing their effectiveness and biotechnology is promising new benefits -- and risks. Government and industry too often turn a blind eye to the problems that they have created or tolerated. CSPI will continue to correct that and to work for healthier people and a cleaner environment by educating consumers, improving corporate practices, and promoting enlightened government policies – all through the use of science in the public interest.

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Program: Nutrition Policy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$534,467
Category:
None
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Adults
None

Program Description:

CSPI is leading efforts to improve school food nationally and reduce the amount of junk food advertising aimed at kids. CSPI is also working to improve food and beverage options in government buildings and other work spaces.

Program Long-Term Success:

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

The number of improved policies set by cities, states, and the federal government aimed to improve children's nutrition.

Program Success Examples:

The passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 exemplifies the victories the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has been winning for Americans since 1971. That historic and sweeping legislation set 21st-century nutrition standards for meals served daily to more than 30 million children, an increasing number of whom depend on them as their main meals each day. HHFKA increases access to healthy foods (and drinking water) in schools and reduces the availability of unhealthy foods through vending, school stores, and other venues. The new school meal rules, which went into effect the 2012/2013 school year: *double fruit and vegetable servings and increase the variety of vegetables; *set first-ever standards for sodium, trans fat, and whole grains; *require all the milk to be low-fat or fat-free; and *set calorie standards that address not only hunger but also overweight and obesity.

Program: Food Safety (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$694,008
Category:
None
Population Served:
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

Consumers are vulnerable to a variety of pathogens because of tainted meat and produce in the food supply. CSPI challenges companies to ensure that our food is safe, and advocates for strong government oversight of food safety practices. Our staff is also working hard to eliminate the use of artificial dyes from the food supply, as many are are carcinogenic and can exacerbate symptoms of ADHD in children.

Program Long-Term Success:

Significant reduction in the number of food-poisoning outbreaks caused by bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli. Also, to secure funding for an Institute of Medicine study on the effects of food dyes.     Increase inspection of imported foods and decrease the number of food-poisoning incidents related to foreign foods.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of improved rules and regulations adopted, increase appropriations for food inspections, and a decrease in food poisoning incidents. Also, number of companies that cease the use of artificial food dyes.

Program Success Examples:

Over the last decade CSPI has convinced Congress to more than double the food inspection budget. CSPI also led the efforts to pass the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, which gave the FDA its first major overhaul in 70 years.

Program: Deceptive Food Labeling & Advertising (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$747,342
Category:
None
Population Served:
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

Food labels play an important role is safeguarding consumers from obesity and other diet-related diseases. That’s why CSPI works hard to ensure that foods and dietary supplements are advertised and labeled honestly.

Program Long-Term Success:

A significant reduction in misleading and deceptive food advertisements and labeling.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

A decline in the number of misleading and deceptive food labels and ads.

Program Success Examples:

Over the years, CSPI has halted deceptive ads or labels by McDonald’s, KFC, Campbell Soup, Kraft, Kellogg, Quaker Oats, and the beef, pork, and coffee industries, to name just a few.

Program: Public Education/Nutrition Action Healthletter (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$5,663,805
Category:
None
Population Served:
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
None

Program Description:

The Nutrition Action Healthletter, published by CSPI, is the largest-circulation, most-read health newsletter in North America.  Since 1974, the award-winning Healthletter, published 10 times a year, has been CSPI's major means of providing consumers and journalists with the latest information on food safety, nutrition, and other health issues.  For many readers, Nutrition Action is an indispensable guide to better nutrition and good health. It gives them reliable, science-based advice and product recommendations they can use every day. For others, Nutrition Action is, as implied by its name, a call to action. Over the years, Nutrition Action has initiated numerous petition campaigns and letter-writing efforts to food companies, legislators, and government officials. In addition, CSPI publishes numerous pamphlets, books, and brochures on various health topics, and provides health information on its web site:  www.nutritionaction.com

Program Long-Term Success:

Circulation over the last 10 years has averaged 890,000 per year. We expect those numbers to hit 1 million in April 2014.

Program Short-Term Success:

Many readers have sent praise for Nutrition Action: "Nutrition Action is the best publication on health issues that I have ever subscribed to – and I have subscribed to many. The articles deal with real problems."  Cheryl Galbraith, Knoxville, Tennessee "I am so appreciative to all of you on the staff of Nutrition Action who keep your readers supplied with this vital food and health information." Margaret Esbridge, Boca Raton, Florida "Thank you for all you do! You have helped me understand so much about being healthy."  Karissa Whitehill, Gardner, Kansas "Nutrition Action is by far the most unbiased and informed one I have ever seen. I thought I knew a lot about nutrition, but I have learned something from every issue."  Maleah Spinell, Seattle, Washington

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of subscribers, readers, and awards.

Program Success Examples:

Nutrition Action Healthletter has been honored with awards by the National Wellness Institute, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American Medical Writers Association, National Cholesterol Education Program, Vegetarian Times magazine, Real Simple, and other respected organizations and publications. The U.S. and Canadian editions of Nutrition Action have a combined paid circulation of 900,000 and readership of almost two million.

Program: Food Day (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$489,117
Category:
None
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Adults
None

Program Description:

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and the ballooning cost of healthcare. Food Day is a nationwide celebration that aims to improve people’s diets and celebrate real food. In 2013, Food Day put special focus on encouraging kids to cook and learn more about food.

Program Long-Term Success:

Food Day draws awareness to food-focused issues and inspires new policies at the local and national level.

Program Short-Term Success:

Program Success Monitored by:

Number of events each year, as well as people involved.

Program Success Examples:

In 2013, more than 5,000 events took place all across the country during the week of October 24.

Program: Health Promotion Policy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
--
Category:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Population Served:
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

CSPI is working to promote public health policies that reduce the amount of sodium and trans fat in the food supply, as well as reduce the consumption of sugary drinks.

Program Long-Term Success:

Salt is no longer generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA. Also, soda companies create healthier, low-sugar alternatives.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Food and Drug Administration has now acted on a 2004 CSPI petition and has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer generally recognized as safe.

Program Success Monitored by:

Improved government policies and products in the grocery store.

Program Success Examples:

In 2003, CSPI won a major victory which required trans fat labeling on Nutrition Facts labels. To that point, the partially hydrogenated oils were causing roughly 25,000 to 50,000 fatal heart attacks annually. That labeling requirement spurred many food manufacturers to reformulate their products with more healthful oils. In 2012, CSPI released an animated short film, “The Real Bears,” which shows the ugly truth about the harmful effects soda can have on your health. The video has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

Since 1971, CSPI has served as an independent and effective food industry watchdog and public health advocate. CSPI lead the efforts to win passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which doubled the amount of fruits and vegetables served in schools, as well as the Food Safety Modernization Act, in 2011, which catalyzed sweeping changes to food safety laws. CSPI also boasts the passage of laws that require the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, nutrition information on chain restaurant menus, and define the term “organic” on its long list of accomplishments. Each year, nearly 1 million subscribers to CSPI's Nutrition Action Healthletter receive current, science-based advice to improve diet and health. CSPI's goals for the next few years:  Persuade the Food and Drug Administration to require reduction of sodium in packaged and processed foods; reduce junk food marketing to kids; eliminate artificial dyes from the food supply; change the public's perception of soda and other sugary drinks; and, curb false and misleading food advertising and labeling.

Expert Assessment

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is lauded for compelling industry practices to become better aligned with health concerns through lobbying and legislation. Experts cite marketing efforts to children, food labeling, menu labeling, and school nutrition standards as examples of impact. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

Experts recommend the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) for their effective policy work, which experts say has led to the passage of several new policies, including the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Experts also note that CSPI's advocacy work has led to changes in school food offerings and advertisements on children's television programming. Finally, experts note that the CSPI has taken on the food and beverage industries and also brought to light issues that are under-reported in the mainstream media.

Policy Work
CSPI is a national leader in all aspects of nutrition, especially food marketing, sugary beverages, and food safety. CSPI influences policy in these realms at the state, local, and federal levels. Researcher and Faculty
They are making an impact on the FDA and on U.S. and Canadian policy. Researcher and Faculty
Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has a strong federal policy advocacy program. CSPI also serves as a convener for other organizations in advocating with federal agencies that work on nutrition. Nonprofit Senior Staff
CSPI is the pre-eminent national org working on healthy vending, soda taxes, and food safety. They have been pivotal in all three areas at both the local and national level. Nonprofit Senior Staff
CSPI is widely recognized as the lead organization in shaping the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, which improved nutrition for millions of school children. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They are national advocates that are making an impact on marketing to children. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have successfully mobilized other organizations across the country to advocate for change in food marketing standards, menu labeling, and nutrition guidelines for school food programs. Nonprofit Senior Staff
This organization has been at the cutting edge of producing the analysis needed to heighten the profile of health and nutrition issues. They have also been convening coalitions (the NANA coalition specifically) to coordinate groups in the field to have a concerted push on specific nutrition and wellness policies. I credit CSPI for a lot of the work that went into the successful passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their work is national in scope and focused on advocacy/policy efforts in nutrition & food to a greater degree and with wide exposure. Their communications and marketing efforts build awareness with a newsletter that is far reaching/wide dissemination. Other
They are getting policies passed that change the food environment. Other
Leading the Way
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is a national leader in improving health and preventing obesity. They provide strong support to state and local organizations. They are also doing strong policy advocacy and they are thought leaders. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Changing Advertising
Their impact is demonstrated by their advocacy efforts to stop junk food marketing on kid-driven television stations. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Taking on Industry
They are taking on the beverage industry to improve healthier beverage options. They are also putting science-based evidence out there to improve nutrition. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They continually bring to the forefront the role that industry is playing in the childhood obesity epidemic. They focus on making the case for regulatory requirements and taxes, and by pushing the needles they are actually making the industry sit up and take notice. They are also encouraging states to take local action. This is one very important piece of the fight to change our food and physical activity environment (particularly, in the work that they do, the food environment). Nonprofit Senior Staff
The food industry regularly has press releases and articles about nutrition information, meaning CSPI has an impact. CSPI works with industry while at the same time holding it accountable. Other
Organizational Integrity
They have great publications and they are the one agency I go to for health tips. There is NO promotion of a particular product, or brand or big business. CSPI has the most integrity from a healthy food perspective. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Bringing Light to Under-Reported Issues
They have the strong ability to communicate messages that get covered in the public. They are making high-impact media impressions. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Changes in Schools
They helped coordinate national efforts to get sodas and junk food out of schools and require calorie information on menus. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Through its NANA Coalition, CSPI was influential in getting the requirement for wellness policies incorporated into the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act. The Coalition continues to work successfully to advance legislation that strengthens the nutritional value of the foods served in schools. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Improving Nutrition Standards at Schools
They are effectively lobbying for improved nutrition standards for school food. Other

Organizational Strengths

Experts commonly say that the Center for Science in the Public Interest's strengths include their leadership and staff members, who are described as efficient, reputable, organized, and knowledgeable. Experts also say that the organization's high level of visibility and willingness to take on industry leaders are valuable characteristics. Additionally, experts cite the organization's communications, connections, and partnerships as strengths.

Communications and Presence
They have excellent reach and marketing. Researcher and Faculty
CSPI does a good job of communicating information on federal policy on a very timely basis. The staff members have a national presence. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Leadership and Staff Members
CSPI employs some of the nation's leaders in nutrition. Their experience, which for some members includes over 30 years, brings a level of insight that other organizations rely on. Researcher and Faculty
The leadership by Margo Wootan is excellent. She is both a publicly and academically recognized authority. Margo's staff members are extremely efficient and thorough. They are a pleasure to work with and give great support to local organizations. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their staff members, marketing, and advocacy are strengths. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have very well known and reputable staff members, who are also well connected in the obesity prevention field and the governmental sector. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their public policy leadership and change leadership for the movement are strengths. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They are creative, focused, strategic. Nonprofit Senior Staff
CSPI has great leadership and staff-member vision about lobbying in D.C. They provide helpful resources related to alternative fundraisers. Other
Visibility and Voice
They take on issues critical to childhood nutrition without fear of political consequences. They are very well connected with the key media and know how to use the media. Researcher and Faculty
CSPI's strengths include their progressive advocacy efforts, which include writing a story about Nickelodeon's advertisements. That story labeled the network as the number one contributor (through marketing) to childhood obesity. This agency is persistent in advocating to the federal government and calling out specific corporations. This approach shows their determination and willingness to tackle the issues from multiple angles. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their expertise in the field is a strength. Their integrity to the field of nutrition is also a strength; they discuss a lot of myths and fads and offer basic information that does not have an advertising interest. They have great publications and they are the one agency I go to for health tips. There is NO promotion of a particular product, brand, or big business. CSPI has the most integrity from a healthy food perspective. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They bring high visibility to important issues. They have a strong social media presence. They are not afraid to take controversial positions to draw attention to an issue. Nonprofit Senior Staff
The staff members are excellent at using media to uplift important data and information regarding threats to health and wellbeing of our populace. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Their national reach is a strength. They are also unafraid to pick a fight with industry leaders. Other
Partnerships and Connections
The organization is well organized and collaborative. They staff and lead some of the most critical nutrition coalitions. Nonprofit Senior Staff
CSPI has a huge number of member organizations that it can mobilize for advocacy initiatives. Its paid staff person is a trained nutritionist as well as an experienced and effective advocate. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have strong ties to the nutrition advocacy community across the United States. They are excellent at public relations and marketing and they are strong in organizing grassroots advocacy. Other
Funding and Organization
They have strong leadership with a huge amount of expertise. They also have an organizational and funding structure that allows for consistent and sustained campaigns over many years. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Approach
They lack corporate funding and are science-based. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

Experts commonly say that the Center for Science in the Public Interest should improve its ability to collaborate and work effectively with other organizations in the field. Experts say the organization can be rather dogmatic, limiting its willingness to consider the perspective of others in the field. Experts also suggest that CSPI pay more attention to the broader racial and economic contexts surrounding the populations it targets. Finally, experts recommend that CSPI focus more on action-based work than on media campaigns.

New Strategies Needed
They are somewhat polarizing in their views and information. Researcher and Faculty
Some of the policies CSPI advocates for can have a negative impact on low-income children. For example they pushed for funding for school meals even if it meant cutting SNAP funding. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have supported efforts that resulted in cuts to SNAP, which will actually result in worse nutrition for tens of millions of low-income Americans. Nonprofit Senior Staff
This group has been a national leader for decades but their heyday is sadly over. The consumer model of change is no longer effective. They have a very limited inside the beltway approach without building a grassroots movement that's needed to win. They also compromise with industry too easily. Their best work is in the litigation department, but that is often undermined by other work. Other
Working With Others
CSPI could improve its relationships with organizations that represent communities of color. Researcher and Faculty
Their leadership can either be too dogmatic or too hungry for success, leading them to compromise some principals. The broader childhood nutrition community finds such compromise objectionable. In other words, they are not good team players. Researcher and Faculty
The organization's leadership is strong on process but not on personal skills. They can be combative or prickly. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They alienate partners and invite controversy. Nonprofit Senior Staff
This organization needs to improve its cultural competency and its ability to engage diverse populations. It tends to go into a paternalistic public health mode when speaking about communities of color, without ever having engaged them as equals on the education side of the equation. Nonprofit Senior Staff
CSPI can be dogmatic in advocating for issues. They do not always advocate in a collaborative fashion with others that are interested in school issues affecting students' health. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Work at the federal level has consequences at the federal level, so they should work better with stakeholders to avoid unintended consequences. Other
Questionable Objectivity in Research
CSPI is so well known as an advocacy organization that some may question the objectivity of its research reports. Nonprofit Senior Staff
More Attention to Broader Context
They should pay more attention to comprehending the problems facing low-income communities. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They do not devote much attention to issues of racial equity. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They are somewhat "alarmist" in their approach focusing on the extremes of the food world vs. specific behavior change. Other
Greater Inclusiveness
They should include more individuals through social media. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Too Much Information
They send too much email sometimes. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Awareness in Advertising
They should increase their awareness in public advertising. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Expand Action-Based Work
Sometimes their activities seem to be more about public relations and image building (e.g., Food Day). They could cut back on those events and devote those resources to expanding the action-oriented work they do. They could do a better job of engaging advocates and organizations at a local level. They could do this by seeking input for decision-making or identifying ways to support local advocacy that fits their mission, even if they are not the driving organization. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Build More Coalitions
I would love to see them lead a national coalition of state coalitions. They work in many different areas so sometimes they may be distracted with a particular project. Other

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Since 1971, CSPI has served as an independent and effective food industry watchdog and public health advocate.  In addition to leading the efforts to win passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, CSPI also helped pass laws that require the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, nutrition information on chain restaurant menus, and define the term “organic.”  Currently, CSPI is engaged in the following campaigns:

Limiting Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children:  Companies market food to children through television, Internet, magazines, product packaging, and almost anywhere a logo or product image can be shown.  70 percent of food ads on Nickelodeon, the largest entertainment company for kids, are for unhealthy products. CSPI is working to get companies to market responsibly to children.  To learn more about CSPI’s campaign to reduce junk food marketing aimed at kids, please visit http://www.foodmarketing.org/

Improving School Foods: CSPI is leading the NANA coalition of 460 organizations to help schools implement the new nutrition standards for school foods set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  If you wish to get involved, please visit www.nanacoalition.org or contact nana@cspinet.org.

  Reducing Soda Consumption: Sugary drinks like soda are the only food or beverage shown to increase the risk of obesity.  CSPI is promoting changes in public policy and corporate practices that would reduce the consumption of such drinks.
 
In 2012, CSPI released an animated short film, “The Real Bears,” which shows the ugly truth about the harmful effects soda can have on your health.  To view, please visit http://www.therealbears.org/.  We encourage you to share on Facebook and other social media sites.  Contact alowe@cspinet.org if your organization would like to be a part of the campaign.  

Banning Artificial Food Dyes:  Companies use synthetic, often petroleum-based dyes to make their food look more appealing, but some of those dyes are carcinogenic and can exacerbate symptoms of ADHD in children.  CSPI is encouraging the FDA to ban these dyes.  See a recent segment that feature’s CSPI’s Executive Director Mike Jacobson on the Today show (http://www.today.com/news/concerned-mom-campaigns-against-artificial-dyes-candy-8C11479395) and sign the petition to urge Mars to use natural food dyes in its M&Ms as it does in Europe (http://www.change.org/MMsDyes).

Improving Heart Health:  Reducing sodium levels and eliminating trans fat from food could save hundreds of thousands of lives each year.  Until 2003, when CSPI won a major victory which requires trans fat labeling on Nutrition Facts labels, the partially hydrogenated oils were causing roughly 25,000 to 50,000 fatal heart attacks annually. That labeling requirement spurred many food manufacturers to reformulate their products with more healthful oils.  The Food and Drug Administration has now acted on a 2004 CSPI petition and has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer generally recognized as safe.  Heart health is one of many topics regularly covered in CSPI’s ad-free(!), award-winning Nutrition Action Healthletter. 

Ensuring Food Safety:  Consumers are vulnerable to a variety of pathogens because of tainted meat and produce in the food supply.  CSPI challenges companies to ensure that our food is safe, and advocates for strong government oversight of food safety practices.  A good example is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in 2011.  FSMA was a landmark bill which gave the Food and Drug Administration the ability to prevent outbreaks, not just react to them; CSPI was considered the champion of this bill.  To sign up for CSPI action alerts visit http://my.cspinet.org/site/PageServer

Ending deceptive labeling.  Food labels play an important role is safeguarding consumers from obesity and other diet-related diseases.  That’s why CSPI works hard to ensure that foods are advertised and labeled honestly.  Over the years, CSPI has halted deceptive ads or labels by McDonald’s, KFC, Campbell Soup, Kraft, Kellogg, Quaker Oats, and the beef, pork, and coffee industries, to name just a few.  CSPI continues to identify food industry culprits and challenge them to improve their ways.

Food Day:  The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and the ballooning cost of healthcare.  Food Day is a nationwide celebration that aims to improve people’s diets and celebrate real food.  To learn more about, and get involved in, Food Day visit www.foodday.org

Nutrition Action Healthletter:   Part of CSPI’s mission is “to provide consumers with current, useful information about their health and well being.”  Each month CSPI does just that by publishing its award-winning Nutrition Action Healthetter.  With nearly 1 million subscribers, it is the largest circulation health newsletter in North America.  To learn more, or to start your own subscription, visit http://www.cspinet.org/nah/

  To preserve its fiercely independent voice, CSPI takes no corporate or government funding.  Join thousands of supporters by making a donation today!  http://www.cspinet.org/donate/  

To help support healthy eating policies, sign up for our action network at http://my.cspinet.org/site/PageServer or keep informed about healthy eating on Facebook or Twitter.
— Submitted December 04, 2013 at 2:25 AM
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