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NEWS ADVISORY: CSPI To Announce New Litigation Initiative

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 General News J E 4
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Press Conference: Thursday, February 28



The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest will announce a new litigation initiative at a news conference at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 28.



Who:

CSPI litigation director Steve Gardner

CSPI alcohol policies project director George A. Hacker

Mary Claire O'Brien, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine



What:

CSPI announces a litigation initiative following the conclusion of its investigation into the marketing practices of two major companies. CSPI will display the products at issue and a physician will present research findings on the harm they cause.



When:

10:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, February 28, 2008



Where:

Murrow Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC.



EMBARGO:

This advisory is exclusively for media planning purposes only and the substantive information within is embargoed until 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, February 28.



The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a nonprofit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition, food safety, and pro-health alcohol policies. CSPI is supported largely by the 900,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.



About CSPI's Litigation Unit: Created in 2005, the project has negotiated groundbreaking legal settlements that have resulted in improved food marketing and labeling. In 2007, CSPI struck a settlement agreement with Kellogg that resulted in nutrition standards for the foods that company markets to young children. CSPI has negotiated settlements with Frito-Lay, Pinnacle Foods, Procter & Gamble, Quaker Oats, and others. A CSPI lawsuit spurred KFC to remove artificial trans fat from its fried chicken, and CSPI-led negotiations helped accelerate the removal of sugary sodas from most schools.



About CSPI's Alcohol Policies Project: Created in 1981, the project helps focus public and policy-maker attention on reforms to reduce alcohol-related health and social problems. The project has efforts to excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, require warning notices and health messages on alcohol packaging and advertising, and shield children from alcohol marketing.



CONTACT: Jeff Cronin, +1-202-777-8370, or Patti Truant, +1-202-777-8316, both of the Center for Science in the Public Interest

/PRNewswire-USNewswire - Feb. 26/

SOURCE Center for Science in the Public Interest
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