CSPI claims Michael Eisner is the food industry's Kim Jong-Il

Posted on Thu Feb 19 2009

Babybottlepop Michael Eisner is best known as the former CEO of Disney, but the Center for Science in the Public Interest would like to add another title: Junk Food Magnate. The watchdog group is taking Eisner, now CEO of Topps, to task for marketing Baby Bottle Pop, a powdered candy sold in a miniature baby bottle, eaten by dipping a candy nipple in a sugary powder and licking it off. To reach the tween demo for the item, Topps has signed Clique Girlz, an up-and-coming girl group of the same age, to appear on Baby Bottle Pop packaging and in commercials that will run on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Toon Disney. The CSPI wrote a letter to Eisner pointing out that products like Baby Bottle Pop put kids at risk of diabetes, obesity and tooth decay, among other things. CSPI nutrition policy director Margo G. Wootan went a step further, calling it "food porn" and Topps the "North Korea of the food industry." So, does that make the Jonas Brothers China?

—Posted by Todd Wasserman

Give Vitaminwater a break. It's not as unhealthy as Radithor.

Posted on Thu Jan 15 2009

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After it ponied up $4.1 billion for Vitaminwater, Coca-Cola now has to deal with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which thinks the vitamin drinks make deceptive and unsubstantiated claims.
  Coke, which is still tangling with CSPI over its failed Enviga product (which claimed you could lose weight just by drinking it), can't be happy about this new headache. Still, most calorie-conscious consumers have figured out there is a lot of sugar in those drinks. Those same health-minded folks also realize there are better sources of vitamins and minerals than soft drinks. So, CSPI's claims that Vitaminwater is "flavored snake oil" shouldn't be too much of a shock. Propel has been spotlighting Vitaminwater's sugar content for more than a year.
  It's not like Coke is serving up Radithor (a radium-laden drink that rotted socialite Eben Byers from the inside out). That helped lead to the rise of the Federal Drug Administration, which will surely act if Vitaminwater really is guilty.

—Posted by Kenneth Hein



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