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Press Releases: AllPress Releases Found: 995
September 10, 2008
Washington, DC‚ÄîToday the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation Safety, Infrastructure Security, and Water Quality will hear testimony on SB 790, which amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require manufacturers of bottled water to submit annual reports about contamination. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch will testify to the subcommittee about the environmental, economic and equity issues associated with bottled water and to call for increased funding in public drinking and wastewater infrastructure.
Sacramento, California — In an era of increasing water scarcity, the California Assembly overwhelmingly passed AB 2275, a bill to protect the public‚ right to know how its water is being allocated. The bill, which is authored by Assembly member Felipe Fuentes, is now before Governor Schwarzenegger for his approval.
September 9, 2008
Press Release: Food & Water Watch, a national consumer advocacy group, commends the 12 members of Congress who sent a letter denouncing a U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) proposed rule that would allow industrial fish farming in federal waters.
September 4, 2008
Press Release: Today, consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch launches its Get Cookin! recipe contest, calling for the tastiest, healthiest and most sustainable seafood recipes around. Next month, the group will be releasing its new ‚Smart Seafood Guide” to help consumers make better seafood choices. The Guide recommends cleaner, greener, safer substitutes for popular, but often less sustainable and healthy, seafood items. With a preview version of the card available online, cooks , from creative kids to sophisticated chefs, busy moms to bachelors , are encouraged to submit their original recipes using any of the fish selections recommended on the card.
Full rules and submission guidelines can be found online at www.foodandwaterwatch.org/getcookin.
Press Release: Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter: Mexico finally curbed exports of meat and poultry products from meatpacking plants with widespread safety problems, after weeks of diplomatic wrangling with American food safety regulators. A USDA audit of 11 Mexican meat plants found nearly two thirds had systemic safety problems including inadequate sanitation and government inspection procedures.
August 28, 2008
Food & Water Watch to Take Back the Tap at Slow Food Nation: 50,000 People to Say No to Bottled Water at Landmark Bottled Water-Free Event
San Francisco, CA‚ÄîTomorrow, some 50,000 people will enjoy access to clean, safe tap water at Slow Food Nation thanks to Food & Water Watch. The consumer advocacy group is partnering with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to develop accessible and visible water stations at the festival. Water stations will serve filtered municipal tap water using state of the art technology from US Pure Water/The Water Store and will display visual materials to educate attendees about San Francisco‚ watershed and the campaign to promote tap water consumption.
August 21, 2008
On Wednesday, Food & Water Watch joined St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in providing 5,000 reusable drinking water bottles to City employees, banning the purchase of bottled water by city departments, and issuing a call for a federal trust fund for water infrastructure. The actions marked the City‚ leadership in a nationwide effort to provide safe and affordable drinking water through increased federal funding of public water systems.
Press Release: Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch Executive Director: Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it will allow fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce to be treated with ionizing radiation. Nearly two years after a major E. coli outbreak was linked to California spinach, it is unbelievable that the FDA‚ first action on is this issue is to turn to irradiation rather than focus on how to prevent contamination of these crops.
August 20, 2008
Press Release: Today, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly announced the purchase of Monsanto‚ artificial dairy hormone rBGH and its product line Posilac despite dwindling support by retailers, falling market share of dairy operators and widespread consumer distaste for milk from cows treated with the artificial hormone.
August 19, 2008
City Council, Restaurants, Launch Take Back the Tap Portland Restaurants to Give Up Bottled Water, Support Tap Water Funds Instead
Portland, ME – Today, Food & Water Watch, the City Council of Portland, Peace Action Maine, and local restaurants joined together to launch Take Back the Tap Portland. The campaign highlights the social, economic, and environmental problems with bottled water industry; the need for increased funding for public tap water; and the importance of celebrating and protecting Maine watersheds. Restaurants, government officials, and local advocacy organizations are encouraging tap water over the bottled brands as the best choice for Mainers health, environment, and economy.