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 Mike Gloekler

Get Synthetic Food Dyes Out of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls!

Little Debbie Swiss Rolls have a combined 32 milligrams of Yellow 5, Red 40, and Blue 1 per serving, according to FDA data the Center for Science in the Public Interest obtained and analyzed. That level of artificial food dye is troubling, since clinical trials show that some children experience adverse behavioral reactions after consuming that much (or less). A recent petition garnered more than 217,000 signatures calling on Mars to drop artificial dyes in its U.S. M&Ms. On February 5, Mars announced that it will remove dyes from all of the foods it sells (for human consumption). Let’s get Little Debbie to do the same! Companies have been making dye-free products for European customers for years (because otherwise they’re required to put a warning label on the product). And now many U.S. brands are making the switch too. Frito-Lay has removed dyes from its Tostitos, Sun Chips, and other snack foods; Campbell has removed dyes from Goldfish crackers; Kraft has removed dyes from Macaroni & Cheese products; Nestle has dropped dyes from Butterfingers, Nesquik, and other products; and General Mills has removed dyes from numerous Yoplait yogurts (including Trix, Go-Gurt, and others), some of its fruit snacks (such as Roll-Ups), and 75% of its cereals.  What’s even crazier? Hostess Ho Hos are no one’s idea of health food—but they’re made without synthetic food dyes! If Hostess can make snack cakes that look just like Little Debbie’s Swiss Rolls without red, blue, and yellow dyes, then the maker of Little Debbie Swiss Rolls should be able to do the same.  

Center for Science in the Public Interest
10,438 supporters
Petitioning Roger Eaton

Tell KFC to stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics!

Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly serious health problem. Every year, at least 2 million Americans get sick and 23,000 die from antibiotic-resistant infections.  Two common foodborne pathogens, Campylobacter and Salmonella, account for one-fifth of those infections, according to CDC estimates. Giving chickens antibiotics when they aren't even sick is helping create antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” When these superbugs get into our food they can cause serious illnesses that are difficult to cure. To get farms to change their practices, we need big restaurant chains like Kentucky Fried Chicken to stop serving food from animals fed a routine diet of antibiotics. McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, Subway and many other chains have committed to stop serving chicken raised on antibiotics. Please join the effort to keep antibiotics effective by sending the message below to the CEO of KFC, one of the country’s largest chicken purchasers.

Center for Science in the Public Interest
140,163 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
17,241 supporters