Networks Copy Anti-Business Group's Press Release
Once again, the food police have showed an unrelenting inclination to attack any sort of food they deem unhealthy, using any means necessary to achieve their goals.
This time, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is going after food coloring, but not because clear data exists suggesting this substance poses a threat to the food supply. Rather, there âmayâ be a link between food dyes and hyperactive children. CSPI even had two network news shows, âCBS Evening Newsâ and ABCâs âWorld News with Charles Gibson,â broadcast its message straight from a press release.
âThe food police blew the whistle today on artificial food dyes,â âEvening Newsâ anchor Katie Couric said. âA consumer group says there may be a link to hyperactivity in kids, and it wants some of those dyes banned.â
According to âWorld Newsâ anchor Charles Gibson, CSPI has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration for a ban on eight food dyes and warning labels in the meantime.
âThe food supply is essentially booby-trapped with thousands of foods that contain these offending chemical additives,â Michael Jacobson, executive director of CSPI, said on âEvening News.â
âThatâs what Judy Mann did six months ago â removing anything with chemical dyes from her sonâs dietâ ABC correspondent Lisa Stark said. âMann is convinced that Jake, who suffers from ADHD [Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder] is now calmer.â ââWe spent years trying to figure out the cause of our son's behavioral problems,â said Judy Mann, of
âEvening Newsâ included two sources cited in the CSPI release. It used Beth Tribble, a Fairfax County, Va., parent of two boys, according to the release, and Dr. David Schab, a psychiatrist at
âThereâs no purpose from these dyes to be in our food,â Tribble said to CBS.
However, Business & Media Institute advisor and President of the American Council on Science and Health Elizabeth Whelan said these allegations are old-hat for the food police.
âThe idea these food additives could cause hyperactivity has been around since the 1970s,â Business Whelan said to BMI on June 4. âThe Food & Drug Administration still has on their Web site that thereâs no evidence to suggest that these trace colors are posing behavioral or any other problems.â
She suggested CSPI and Jacobson are using food additives as a backdoor method to attack foods they deem âunhealthy.â She cited a June 3 Associated Press story quote of Jacobson as an indication that he is using this as a tactic to that appeal to children that he said have a âlow-nutritional value.â
âYou have to look beyond this and say, âWhy is Jacobson doing this?ââ Whelan said. âIf you read the AP story, heâs basically saying that food manufacturers use these colors to make unhealthy more attractive. I think thatâs his real agenda â that he doesnât like certain foods. He has this dichotomy of good foods and bad foods, and he wants the bad foods discouraged or removed from the market.â