Center for Science in the Public Interest

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CSPI is the nation’s leading advocacy organization focused on nutrition, food safety, and health. We represent the interests of consumers and work to bring solutions to problems in our food system to the attention of policy makers, industry, and the public. We helped pass the laws that put Nutrition Facts on packaged foods, defined organic standards, reformed food safety at the Food and Drug Administration, and got junk food out of schools.

Started 3 petitions

Petitioning Brian Cornell, Charles Butt, Doug McMillon, Ian McLeod, Joseph Colalillo, Kevin Holt, Mark Murray, Randy Edeker, Bob Miller, Todd Jones, Rodney McMullen

Ask Major Supermarkets for Healthier Options at Checkout

It’s no accident that nearly all supermarkets in America sell candy and soda in their checkout lanes. Placing junk food near the cash register is a marketing strategy that supermarkets use to boost sales. Not only do supermarkets benefit from the sale of junk food at checkout, but they’ve found a way to make even more money by “renting” out space in their checkout aisles to food companies that pay to have their products there. Supermarkets should support shoppers’ health, not undermine it. Join us in asking Walmart, Kroger, and other major supermarkets to do right by their customers and remove junk food from checkout. 

Center for Science in the Public Interest
169 supporters
Petitioning Food and Drug Administration

Tell the FDA to Ban Harmful Synthetic Food Dyes

A number of studies -- and an emerging scientific consensus -- demonstrate that some children experience episodes of inattention, hyperactivity, and other harmful behavioral effects following exposure to synthetic dyes. Many of these dyes, including Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, require warning labels in Europe because of adverse health effects. Yet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has failed to act to ban these cheap, synthetic chemicals with no nutritional or essential value from food. Please sign our petition asking the FDA to ban synthetic food dyes in the United States, and, in the meantime, to require a warning label on dye-containing foods and beverages. Thousands of parents of affected kids confirm these findings and have sent our organization emails detailing their families’ struggles to identify that dyes are the cause and help their children. These dyes are sold in products like Fruity Pebbles, Hawaiian Punch, Kool-Aid, and many others lining the shelves of grocery stores. We need members of the public to tell FDA to ban dyes and, in the meantime, to require a warning label on dye-containing foods and beverages to let parents know of the issue. Given how widespread dyes are in food, public pressure on the FDA and companies that use dyes is the best way to win this fight. Consumers have used and other social media channels to successfully communicate these concerns to major companies, and as a result of this advocacy Kraft removed artificial dyes from Mac & Cheese products, Taco Bell and Panera eliminated these dyes, and General Mills and Mars announced they’re doing away with them as well! Banning dyes is an achievable step that will improve the safety of the food supply, and we believe members of Congress and consumers will be able to successfully pressure the FDA to take decisive action to remove these dyes from our food system. In Europe, most synthetic dyes dropped out of the food supply after the European Union required a sensible, clear warning notice on foods containing dyes, based on studies done in the United Kingdom that showed the harmful effects of dyes on kids.  Yet many companies that removed dyes from foods in Europe continue to sell the same foods in the United States with the artificial dyes still in them! As detailed in our recent report, Seeing Red: Time for Action on Food Dyes, studies show that susceptible children—which may number more than half-a-million in the U.S.—experience episodes of inattention, hyperactivity, or other behavioral effects, after consuming foods containing synthetic dyes. In addition, recent research has revealed far higher levels of dyes in commonly consumed foods than was previously thought. Please sign our petition and share it with your family and friends.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
111,581 supporters
Petitioning Mr. Stefano Pessina

Urge Walgreens to get junk food out of checkout

Pharmacies offer health care services and hold themselves out as helping people on the path to better health. But placing soda and candy at checkout is an effective marketing strategy that elicits unplanned, impulse buys. Industry research shows that 72 percent of people shopping at drug stores bought an item at checkout in the past year. Even if shoppers resist temptation at checkout most of the time, giving in occasionally could be enough to tip their scales.  Walgreens can sell candy and soda if it wants to. But the nation’s largest pharmacy should not be inducing people to buy these products when they didn’t plan to. Better to put soda and candy in the center of the store, where people can choose to shop those aisles if they want to.  If Walgreens really wants its customers to be happy and healthy, it should keep the checkout area healthy and free from junk food. Please join the Center for Science in the Public Interest in urging Walgreens to stop pushing candy and soda on its customers. Leave it up to individuals to choose when and where to get a treat.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
17,230 supporters