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CNNMoney: McDonald's hit with class action over toysupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 17:57:00

McDonald's is being sued by a group of consumers and nutrition advocates who want to force the fast food chain to stop using toys to entice children to buy meals they say are unhealthy.

Senate approves long-delayed food safety billupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 16:03:00

The Senate passed a food safety bill to give more power to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, more than a year after the House of Representatives passed a similar measure.

'Blackout in a can'?updated: Wed Oct 27 2010 16:44:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen talks about the concerns over the malt liquor drink, Four Loko.

What's inside alcoholic energy drinks?updated: Wed Oct 27 2010 16:44:00

Neon, caffeinated alcohol drinks often boast exotic-sounding ingredients such as taurine, guarana, ginkgo, bitter orange and ginseng.

Survivors of foodborne illness demand action on billupdated: Wed Sep 08 2010 21:04:00

Food-safety advocates and survivors of food-borne illness called Wednesday for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that has been in limbo since last year.

Is our food safe to eat?updated: Wed Sep 08 2010 21:04:00

CNN's John King talks to the director of the documentary "Food, Inc." about the safety of food produced in the U.S.

CNNMoney: McDonald's warned: Drop the toys or get suedupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 15:32:00

A nutrition watchdog group is threatening to sue McDonald's if the fast-food giant won't stop using toys to to lure children to its Happy Meals .

Trade movie popcorn for yogurt?updated: Fri Apr 02 2010 09:55:00

Some silver screen couples were just meant to end up together: Bogey and Bacall, Harry and Sally, Saturday matinees and ... a cup of low-fat yogurt?

Movie food -- from low-class nibbles to luxury diningupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 09:54:00

Movie audiences have always known the joys of in-seat snacking, but it took the theaters a while to come around.

Health care reform also touches tanning beds, restaurant menusupdated: Wed Mar 24 2010 12:53:00

The health care bill signed into law Tuesday by President Obama is the nation's most sweeping social legislation in four decades. But it also includes some smaller changes that will directly affect consumers.

CNNMoney: Lettuce and eggs top risky food listupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 11:52:00

Leafy greens -- including lettuce and spinach -- top the list of the 10 riskiest foods, according to a study from a nutrition advocacy group released Tuesday.

Group challenges acai berry weight-loss claimsupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 11:30:00

Consumers should be skeptical of health and weight-loss claims of the increasingly popular Brazilian fruit, acai, and the free trial offers that ask for their credit card information, a nonprofit health group said Monday.

Colorado beef company expands recall due to possible E. coliupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 08:13:00

A Colorado company's recall last week of beef products possibly contaminated with E. coli has been expanded, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week.

Group threatens suit over vitamins' anti-cancer claimsupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 15:50:00

A nonprofit consumer group said Thursday that it will sue Bayer HealthCare, alleging "deceptive and irresponsible" advertising that contends selenium in two of its multivitamins may reduce men's risk of prostate cancer. Hey! Who Put the Caffeine in My Soap?updated: Mon Oct 20 2008 18:00:00

The world's favorite legal drug isn't just in your coffee anymore. And do you know how much of it your kids are taking? Dirty Restaurants: Sounding an Alarmupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 12:00:00

A new report calls for a nationwide standard on restaurant cleanliness, and for access to each establishment's grade The Trouble with 'Healthy' Kid Foodsupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 16:00:00

A new study says the majority of packaged kid-friendly foods contain too much fat, salt and sugar

Search for salmonella sourceupdated: Wed Jul 09 2008 23:26:00

Louise Schiavone reports on the continued search by the CDC and FDA to determine the cause of a salmonella outbreak. Salmonella Illnesses Top 1,000updated: Wed Jul 09 2008 16:00:00

The toll in the salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes has passed 1,000 confirmed ill, making it the worst food outbreak in years Group Urges FDA Food Coloring Banupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 15:00:00

A consumer advocacy group called on the FDA to ban the use of eight artificial colorings in food because they may cause hyperactivity and behavior problems in some children

CNNMoney: Airborne settles lawsuit for $23.3 millionupdated: Tue Mar 04 2008 13:34:00

Airborne - the herbal supplement company that once claimed to help fight off colds - will pay $23.3 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against the company for false advertising, according to one of the groups that joined the suit.

CNNMoney: Lawmakers blast food safety 'mess'updated: Tue Feb 26 2008 15:03:00

House lawmakers, calling the U.S. food safety system "fragile" and a "mess," harshly chastised leading food companies and federal agencies Tuesday for allowing unsafe products to reach American consumers.

CNNMoney: Food maker CEOs face House grillingupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 08:21:00

Lawmakers and food company CEOs come face-to-face Tuesday in a special hearing to address food safety lapses following this month's largest beef recall in U.S. history.

FDA OKs meat, milk from most cloned animalsupdated: Tue Jan 15 2008 16:42:00

Food from healthy clones of cattle, swine and goats is as safe as food from non-cloned animals, the Food and Drug Administration said in a report released Tuesday.

Nutritionists: Soda making Americans drink themselves fatupdated: Tue Sep 25 2007 10:56:00

If you're searching for a villain in America's obesity epidemic, most nutritionists tell you to put one picture on the wanted poster: a cold, bubbly glass of soda pop.

Tonight's facts updated: Tue Jul 31 2007 06:10:00

Here are some facts from tonight's broadcast that you might find interesting. Red Storm Rising Chinese Import Scandal Demonstrates FDA Failings, Congress Told CSPI Urges New Money for FDA, Ultimately Single Food Safety Agency WASHINGTON -- While all imported meat and poultry products are visually inspected at the border and subject to microbial and chemical testing, 99 percent of imported seafood, produce, animal feeds, and grains pass through U.S. borders uninspected. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, that's because meat and poultry products are regulated by the well funded U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and most other foods are regulated by the woefully underfunded Food and Drug Administration (FDA). CSPI food safety director Caroline Smith DeWaal, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight today, said that even when USDA and FDA are operating at the same port, they don't share

Mix of chemicals may be key to pet-food deathsupdated: Tue May 01 2007 14:40:00

Scientists from Canada and the United States say they have new evidence for why dogs and cats died after eating contaminated pet food.

Fortune: Guacamole and green teaupdated: Wed Dec 20 2006 09:24:00

They say you can't judge a book by its cover. All too often, you can't judge a food by its label, either.

CNNMoney: Wendy's to roll out healthier oilupdated: Thu Jun 08 2006 09:05:00

In a move that will seriously reduce the amount of trans fat in its food, Wendy's said Thursday it will be cooking its french fries and breaded chicken items in non-hydrogenated oil.

CNNMoney: A ban on soft drinks in schools?updated: Wed Dec 07 2005 07:15:00

Thirsty teens like having soda machines at school, but are schools and beverage companies profiting at the expense of students' health?

CNNMoney: Last call for beer ads?updated: Fri Sep 03 2004 13:23:00

It might seem easier to get college fraternities to give up their beer than it is to get college athletics to give up their beer money.

Report finds kids' menus heavy on fatupdated: Tue Feb 24 2004 11:51:00

What's on the menu for kids at chain restaurants? Fat, grease and hidden calories, according to one nutrition advocacy group.

Fortune: Citizens! Liquor Up While You Can!updated: Mon Aug 03 1998 00:01:00

You probably thought the New Puritanism ended with the defeat of the tobacco bill. Think again. Unfazed by the failure of the campaign against Big Tobacco, reformers are bearing down on a new targe...


HYPED ADVERTISING. INACCURATE LABELS. Useless costly ingredients. And products sold long after they've lost their potency. We're not talking about food supplies peddled on some Third World black ma...

Fortune: IF IT FEELS GOOD, IT MUST BE BAD That's the new philosophy of ''non-ism.'' It's a hot button among baby-boomers, a strengtheningupdated: Mon Oct 21 1991 00:01:00

REPRESENTATIVE Joe Kennedy is a man with a mission. ''I've seen in my own family the dangers of drug abuse,'' he says, bounding down the Capitol steps after a vote. ''I lost one of my younger broth...

Fortune: Little girls as policymakers, in defense of Crisco, the new disunion shop, and other matters. TRIVIAL PURSUITS AT THE FDAupdated: Mon Jun 17 1991 00:01:00

The first thing we noticed about the recent round of regulations by the Food and Drug Administration is that everybody except us seems to be in favor of them. From eaters and drinkers alike, the FD...

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