food and nutrition

Executive Summary

While good nutrition is important throughout life, it is particularly essential from birth through the growing years, to allow the brain, the other organs, and the bones to reach their full potential. But just what is good nutrition? Experts debate the healthiest amounts and types of foods for infants and children. Reports in the media often contradict one another. And the advice that parents of young children receive from relatives and friends is often...

Executive Summary
Laboratory animals have been used for many years to determine whether chemicals in foods, pharmaceuticals, and other products might cause cancer and other health problems in human beings; and animal testing continues to play a role in determining the safety of products for human use. Yet an increasingly sophisticated understanding of cancer formation (carcinogenesis) along with growing doubts about how confidently we can infer human health effects from test results in quite different animal species has begun to change both scientific assessment practices and the legal and regulatory requirements based on them.

In the real world people constantly encounter many known carcinogens, both synthetic and natural, without developing cancer....

New York, NY July, 1998. Physicians and scientists of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) demystify infant and child nutrition in a new report. Growing Healthy Kids: A Parents' Guide to Infant and Child Nutrition describes the nutritional needs and developmental stages of infants and young children and provides sound, commonsensical feeding suggestions. The booklet deals clearly and squarely with issues that face every parent, presenting them in a readable, straightforward format. As Growing Healthy Kids points out, infants can get a good nutritional start in life whether they are breast fed or formula fed. While human breast milk is the gold standard

To the Editor:

Thomas J. Moore of George Washington University and Larry D. Sasich of Public Citizen's Health Research Group blame the fast track drug approval process for premature approvals and subsequent adverse drug reactions (front page, June 23). In fact the painkiller Duract, now withdrawn, would have been approved even under the old guidelines.

That the drug caused 12 episodes of liver failure out of 2.5 million prescriptions should not be a cause for alarm that the Food and Drug Administration.is not doing an adequate job of evaluating the monitoring of new drugs. To the contrary, that only six drugs have been withdrawn after marketing despite the explosion of new drugs developed and released in this decade should reassure us that our pharmacopeia is safe.

To the Editor:

Thomas J. Moore of George Washington University and Larry D. Sasich of Public Citizen's Health Research Group blame the fast track drug approval process for premature approvals and subsequent adverse drug reactions (front page, June 23). In fact the painkiller Duract, now withdrawn, would have been approved even under the old guidelines.

That the drug caused 12 episodes of liver failure out of 2.5 million prescriptions should not be a cause for alarm that the Food and Drug Administration.is not doing an adequate job of evaluating the monitoring of new drugs. To the contrary, that only six drugs have been withdrawn after marketing despite the explosion of new drugs developed and released in this decade should reassure us that our pharmacopeia is safe.

June 22, 1998

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) has been monitoring the activities of The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). After a lengthy investigation of CSPI's activities, we have come to some very grave conclusions about this group, which is regularly trusted by Americans as a source of information about food safety. Our findings reveal that CSPI is knowingly engaging in deceptive practices as they attempt to persuade the public and the media that their food safety scares are legitimate.

Below, you will find a description of the facts that were uncovered during our investigation.

Rosie O'Donnell

* Prior to November 97: Frito Lay informally approaches talk show hostess Rosie O'Donnell to be the spokesperson for Wow! chips...

New York, NY June 19, 1998. The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) today announced its support for the use of irradiation as a fruit and vegetable quarantine process and applauded the planned construction of an irradiation facility near Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.

It is important for consumers to understand that food irradiation is a safe process,

New York, June 15, 1998 The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), a public health, consumer advocacy organization, will be holding a news conference to expose the deceptive practices of the food police group, Center for Science in the Public Interest.

ACSH will release information obtained while monitoring CSPI's propaganda campaign against the fat free oil, Olestra. CSPI's vendetta to have the FDA approved additive removed as a choice consumers now enjoy in their diet has led the food police group to knowingly engage in deceptive practices.

CSPI's gimmicks will be exposed immediately following their testimony at the FDA's Food Advisory Committee meeting at the Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston Virginia. CSPI's testimony is scheduled to...

New York, NY June 12, 1998. Olestra underwent one of the most extensive premarket testing programs of any food additive ever reviewed by the FDA. Since its approval in 1996, there has also been detailed post-marketing surveillance. This surveillance has demonstrated that the major objections to the use of olestra in salty snacks were without merit as detailed below with respect to two health-related aspects of olestra use.

Consumer Choice

Olestra provides consumers with additional choices of decreased calorie foods. Snacks containing olestra are safe and enjoyable. Olestra provides an effective means by which consumers can decrease both the fat and the calorie content of their diets. No other fat substitute currently on the market can withstand the high...

Wrapped in the same warm bundle of joy with a new baby is a tremendous responsibility. Helping an infant grow to be healthy and free from injury into the teen years is an awesome task. Feeding, vaccination and child-proofing questions take a back seat to increasingly complex issues.The job of keeping your children healthy and safe is further complicated by myths and misconceptions about matters of safety and good health. Should a parent be concerned about lead poisoning? What about pesticides in food or carcinogens in the water supply? What exactly should a parent be most concerned about?

The American Council on Science and Health acknowledges the difficulties parents face in prioritizing matters of health and safety and offers this booklet to help you as a parent wind through...