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January 2009 Feingold Email Newsletter
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Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
- Petition to get the food dyes out of our food
- News from Maryland on the battle against food dyes!
- J.M. Smucker Company - What are they hiding?
- Peanut butter recall
- Food industry urges Congress to reform food safety rules
- Conference on Tourette's, Tics, OCD, & Depression
- Goodsearch Update
[ ] PETITION TO GET THE FOOD DYES OUT OF OUR FOOD
In cooperation with the Center for Science in the Public Interest, we are collecting signatures from healthcare practitioners and educators in an effort to convince the FDA to mandate a ban on the use of food dyes in foods for children or - at least - warning labels on such foods. You may see the petition at http://www.feingold.org/forms/profpetition.html
If you are a professional in the fields of medicine or education, we hope you will sign the petition and pass it on to your colleagues. If you are not a professional yourself, please take a moment and send it to all the medical and education professionals you may know. Help us let President Obama get the message.
[ ] NEWS FROM MARYLAND ON THE BATTLE AGAINST FOOD DYES!
Senator Norman Stone of the Maryland State Legislature has introduced two bills that would restrict the use of synthetic food dyes.
SB 100 would prohibit public schools and child care centers from purchasing, selling, using, or serving food products with synthetic dye.
SB 101 calls for the addition of warning labels on food packages and menus when the dyes are present.
SJ 3 is a Senate Joint Resolution calling on the lawmakers in the US Congress to pass legislation banning these additives from food in all states. Effective legislation requires that the laws cover all states since foods are produced and sold in many states.
A hearing date has already been set for February 11 at 2:30 in Maryland for the Finance Committee to consider SJ 3 and SB 101.
SB 100 will be heard by the Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee on February 11 at 1:00 pm.
For those of you who live in Maryland, we have included email addresses of the committee members below the description so that you can send them a message.
[ ] J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY - WHAT ARE THEY HIDING?
The J.M. Smucker Company ("with a name like Smucker's, it has to be good") has a long history of providing acceptable products for Feingold members.
However, they have just informed our Product Information Committee (PIC) that they have implemented a new policy whereby they "will not disclose ingredient information to external sources." They claim that their labels should be enough. Unfortunately, as most of you know, labels can easily be misleading, incomplete, and inaccurate, so the result is that as they come up for re-investigation, all the Smucker products will have to be removed from your Foodlists.
If you would like to let Smucker know how you feel about that, the lady who wrote us the letter is listed below with her contact information:
Director of Corporate Communications.
The J.M. Smucker Company
Orrville, OH 44667-0280
[ ] PEANUT BUTTER RECALL
Now we have nothing against peanut butter - and there are many brands acceptable even at the start of the Feingold Program. However, the King Nut and Parnell's Pride brands have been contaminated with a potentially deadly strain of salmonella.
These two brands of peanut butter may not look familiar to you because they are not sold in supermarkets. However, they are sold to nursing homes, schools, hospitals, etc. Not only the peanut butter itself, but about 180 products made with it are also under recall. So far almost 500 people are sick and seven have died.
Consumer's Union has issued an alert asking people to contact their local schools and any nursing home or assisted living center where family members are living, to make sure that they are aware of the problem.
There are an astonishing number of foods of all types that use the peanut butter involved in the recall – some sold at major supermarkets and health food stores. Be sure to check the comprehensive list of recalled products.
[ ] FOOD INDUSTRY URGES CONGRESS TO REFORM FOOD SAFETY RULES
Although not directly related to the Feingold Program, we applaud all efforts to make the food supply safer.
Ten major food industry organizations have signed letters to Congress urging it to modernize US food safety regulations. One of their major requests is to make recalls mandatory, not voluntary, and to put better controls in place to prevent problems such as the current peanut butter problem.
[ ] CONFERENCE ON TOURETTE'S, TICS, OCD, & DEPRESSION
I have been invited to speak at the May 23-24 conference on Tourette's, Tics, OCD, & Depression in Fort Worth, Texas. The Conference is sponsored by the Association for Comprehensive NeuroTherapy (ACN). ACN is a nonprofit organization that explores advanced and alternative treatments for anxiety, autism, ADHD, depression, OCD, tics, Tourette syndrome, and learning disabilities.
Not only will families learn a lot about treatments for these disorders, but there is also a separate day-long physician training program on Sunday, May 24, with seating limited to 30 physicians. Feel free to print the brochure for your own doctor.
Also, if you live in the Fort Worth area, have experience on the Feingold Program and want to help at the Feingold Table, please let me know.
[ ] GOODSEARCH UPDATE
Since letting you know how to contribute to our cause by doing your web searches through Goodsearch last year, we have received $229.69 from them to date. This represents 22,969 searches by you (I search a lot, but I'm sure I didn't do all that!).
While we are very grateful to receive this contribution, we know that there are more than 20,000 of you on this email list. If each of you would sign up with Goodsearch - it only takes a few minutes one time - and if each of you were to do even just ONE internet search a day, we would be receiving that much PER DAY!! So please - just take a moment now, go to www.goodsearch.com and set up a link on your toolbar, with the recipient set to the Feingold Association (of course). At any time, you can also see just how much has been contributed, and you can watch the amounts go up per month and know that you are helping a worthy cause.
This money will be used for financial aid for those new members who cannot afford the Program price - and in these days of increasing unemployment, we know that this need will rise.