The Washington Post’s story Tuesday breaking the news about the FDA’s scheme to reduce salt content in food through regulation quoted one of the most radical we-know-better-than-you groups out there, the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which first petitioned the FDA to regulate sodium in 1978, said voluntary efforts by industry are laudable, “but they could change their minds tomorrow. . . . Limiting sodium might be the single most important thing the FDA can to do to promote health.”
This context would have been helpful to the reader. From a Center for Science in the Public Interest news release, July 23, 2009, “Unsafe Sodium Levels at Denny’s Prompt Class Action Lawsuit“:
WASHINGTON—Most Denny’s meals are dangerously high in sodium, putting the restaurant chain’s customers at greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, according to a class action lawsuit filed today by a New Jersey man with the support of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
The lawsuit was filed in Superior Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County, and seeks to compel Denny’s to disclose on menus the amount of sodium in each of its meals and to place a notice on its menus warning about high sodium levels. CSPI is working with the New Jersey firms of Galex Wolf, LLC and Williams Cuker Berezofsky.
Big surprise. Trial lawyers are trolling for cash.
Here’s a good report of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s activities over the years from ActivistCash.com.
With the war on salt gaining in activity, expect to see many news reports cite the Center for Science in the Public Interest as some sort of disinterested observer, “scientists” working on important issues. Reporters who do so are misleading the public about the group’s agenda, which correlates closely to the agenda of the trial lawyers.
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