Leading Food Safety Advocates Call for Big Food Brand Boycott

Leading Food Safety Advocates Call for Big Food Brand Boycott


Contacts: Luise Light - Vermont - luvalu365@yahoo.com
Mary Sparrowdancer -Florida - sparrowdancer1@earthlink.net
Pam Killeen - Canada - healthmaps@hotmail.com

Bellows Falls, March 13 Responding to the U.S. House of
Representatives' passage of the controversial "National Uniformity in
Food Act" the bill that would wipe out more than 200 state laws
protecting consumers from infected, toxic and carcinogenic food,
leading food safety advocates call for a boycott of the big food brands
who wrote the legislation and lobbied Congress to secure its passage.
The legislation is the most sweeping deregulation of our national food
safety rules in the 100 years since the passage of the nation's first
food protections, the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.

This Act eliminates ways to alert the public to health hazards in our
food and water with potentially deadly consequences for the most
vulnerable-- infants, pregnant women, immune-compromised and elderly
individuals. States have played the main role for many decades in
protecting consumers from hazards such as mercury in fish, arsenic in
water, genetically modified ingredients in common foods, carcinogens in
processed foods, and pathogens in raw and undercooked foods, problems
largely ignored or inadequately addressed by USDA, FDA and EPA, which
have already been charged with this responsibility.

"At a time when we know that there are 72 million bouts of illness,
325,000 hospitalizations, and more than 5000 deaths each year as the
result of food poisoning, what justification can there be for
destroying the minimal food safety protections now in place? As we
import more food from third world countries with poor food sanitation,
we need more and better regulations, not fewer and weaker ones" says
former USDA insider, Dr. Luise Light, nutritionist and food safety
activist, who is calling for a big food brand boycott to drive home the
outrage of many consumers and food, health and environmental
professionals to the legislation passed in the House on March 8, 2006,
without public input.

Other groups on record as opposing the bill are: 30 state Attorneys
General, the Association of Food and Drug Professionals, the National
Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Consumers Union,
Consumer Federation of America, the Organic Consumers Association, the
Center for Science in the Public Interest, and numerous other consumer
and environmental groups all of whom urge the Senate to vote to undo
the damage done by the House.

Join the boycott of big food brands whose parent companies steamrolled
this legislation. For just one month, buy only local, regional, fresh,
and organic food. Avoid all the packaged, bottled and bagged foods and
drinks in grocery and convenience stores, and when eating out, avoid
the chains. "If we speak with our wallets and our actions, we will be
heard" says Light.

For more about Dr. Light and her new book, ".What to Eat; the Ten Things
You Need to Know to Eat Well and Be Healthy". (McGraw Hill, 2006),

Mary Sparrowdancer, science and health writer with extensive studies in
clinical laboratory sciences; author of "The Love Song of the
Universe" (Hampton Roads, 2001). www.sparrowdancer.com

Pam Killeen, Investigative Consumer Reporter and Real Food Activist,