Food

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Apples to Twinkies

America is facing an obesity epidemic—one that’s hitting children especially hard. Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last three decades, with one in five kids aged 6 to 11 now obese. These increases in obesity rates will translate into kids who are at greater risk for heart disease and diabetes, undermining the health of our country and driving up medical costs by hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer, But Only a Quarter of an Apple Apiece

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year, according to Apples to Twinkies, a new report by TexPIRG.   Meanwhile, limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy less than a quarter of an apple per taxpayer.

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President Signed Historic Food Safety Bill

Statement of TexPIRG Public Health Advocate Liz Hitchcock on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act that President Obama will sign today, strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety authority for the first time in seventy years.

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Historic Food Safety Bill Headed to the President’s Desk

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives, strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety authority for the first time in seventy years.

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Senate Passes Historic Food Safety Bill

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria on the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent.

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Egg Recalls Reveal Scrambled Food Safety System

Last month’s nationwide recall of half a billion eggs was just one of more than 85 recalls involving 153 food companies since July 2009.  During this time, the U.S. Senate has failed to pass needed protections, according to Recipe for Disaster, a study released today by TexPIRG, Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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Recipe for Disaster

The recall of more than 500 million eggs from two Iowa egg farms is the largest but not the last of 85 recalls that have taken place in the year since food safety reform moved to the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) on July 30, 2009. However, the Senate’s version of the bill – the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) – has languished while waiting for time on the Senate’s floor schedule.

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Scrambled, Over Easy or Contaminated?

TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria statement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Wright County Eggs announcment of nationwide recall of 228 million eggs due to possible salmonella contamination. 

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Dangerous Chemical Companies Put Millions of Texans at Risk

 A new Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) report, Chemical Insecurity: America’s most dangerous companies and the multimillion dollar campaign against common sense solutions, identifies the 14 chemical companies that endanger the most Americans in the event of a chemical release.  

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New Child Nutrition Bill Takes Important Steps Forward on Food Safety

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) introduced a bill today that proposes about $8 billion in additional funding over 10 years for child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch.  

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