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    Consumer Federation of America National Food Policy Conference, Morning Session

    The morning session of the Consumer Federation of America’s annual food policy conference featured a keynote address from Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) on hunger in the U.S. and his…

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    Breaking Through Power Conference, Morning Session

    Author, former independent presidential candidate, and consumer advocate Ralph Nader hosted the Breaking Through Power conference. Speakers during the morning portion of the conference…

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    Food and Public Health, Panel 3

    Panelists talked about obesity and sugar consumption. They outlined policies and initiatives to help reduce sugar consumption in diets. “Congress, Sugar and Obesity: Where to Begin” was the third panel…

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    Community Organizing, Morning Session

    Author, consumer advocate, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader was among the speakers in a seminar on community organizing and civic mobilization. Speakers, many using audio-visual aids, talked about their personal…

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    Cancer Risk from Processed Meat

    Michael Jacobson and Janet Riley talked about an October 26, 2015, report by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that found processed…

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    Food Safety

    Richard Williams and Michael Jacobson talked about the Obama administration’s move to ban trans fats in foods, recent foodborne illness outbreaks, and food labeling standards for foods…

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    Food Labeling and Safety

    Michael Jacobson talked about the issues of food labeling and the labeling of products as what they’re advertised to be, and food safety. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic…

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    Health Care Overhaul

    This was the third in a series of roundtable hearings intended to bring health care policy and industry experts together to inform the development of comprehensive health care reform…

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    Nutrition and Obesity: Responding as a Nation

    Panelists talked about the nation’s response to the growing problem of obesity. They also proposed initiatives and other changes designed to address the issue. Ms. Fox moderated the panel.…

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    Obesity and Dietary Guidelines

    Witnesses testified about obesity in America and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines. Topics included suggested changes in federal guidelines, public education, changing…

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    Snack Foods in Schools

    The guests discussed the role of vending-machine food in the overall food programs offered at schools. They also talked about the possibility of vending machines dispensing healthy snacks.…

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    Genetically Engineered Crop Use

    Participants talked about the benefits and risks of using genetically engineered crops to produce pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals. Among the topics they addressed were the science…

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    Federal Food Safety Guidelines

    Witnesses testified about potential threats to the food supply from terrorist organizations and about measures and guidelines to ensure the future safety of the food supply.

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    Consumer, Industry, and Regulator Perspectives

    Participants talked about how governments control and regulate products found or suspected to be unsafe, and particularly unsafe for children. Among the issues they addressed were…

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    Food Labeling

    Health experts announced that they would petition the Food and Drug Administration to require new labeling on foods which contained added sugar. They also talked about the dangers,…

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    Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

    Scientists talked about the misuse of antibiotics against germs. They released a report calling for action against this trend and answered questions from the media following their…

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    The Media and Public Health

    Panelists discussed news media coverage of public health concerns. They examined issues such as what types of health stories the media carried and how they should report risks to the…

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    Caffeine Labeling

    Scientists and consumer advocates briefed reporters on the creation of a petition that will be delivered to the Food and Drug Administration asking for improved warning labels on products…

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    FDA Approval Process Part 2

    Witnesses testified about three bills designed to accelerate the FDA approval process for both food and drugs. Key points in the proposals included allowing firms seeking approval to hire…

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    Olestra Concerns

    Mr. Jacobson and others briefed reporters on the health problems related to ingestion of Olestra, a new pseudo fat product made by Proctor and Gamble. They argued that the FDA made a…

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