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September 4, 2008
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Get Cookin! Recipe Contest to Celebrate Sustainable & Healthy Seafood*

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.

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Mexico Stops Exporting Meat After USDA Audit Reveals “Systemic” Food Safety Problems

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
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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
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Food & Water Watch, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay Issue Call for Water Trust Fund

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.

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FDA Approves Irradiation Despite Uncertainties About Consumer Safety

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
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Eli Lilly Buys Troubled Monsanto Dairy Product

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
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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.

August 7, 2008
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Food & Water Watch Expands Campaign to Take Back the Tap in California

San Francisco, CA. Today six more restaurants in California will demonstrate their commitment to protecting the environment as they join Take Back the Tap, Food & Water Watch‚ campaign to build support for public water and eliminate bottled water. The consumer advocacy group is working with cities across California and the nation to urge local restaurants and chefs to sign a pledge to switch to serving only tap water, help educate customers about the benefits of tap over bottled water, and whenever possible, install a carbonation machine to make sparkling water from the tap.

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Not Even Monsanto Wants rBGH

Press Release: Monsanto’s announcement that it is “repositioning” Posilac, its artificial growth hormone used in milk production and more commonly known as rBGH, is good news for consumers but not the end of the struggle for food safety advocates, warns Food & Water Watch.

August 6, 2008
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Activists in McCloud Celebrate Withdrawal of Nestle Water Bottling Contract

San Francisco, CA–Activists in McCloud, California won a decisive victory yesterday when the bottled water giant Nestle announced it will kill its water-bottling contract with the McCloud Community Services District. Inked in 2003, the deal would have allowed Nestle to pump up to 200 million gallons of water from nearby Mt. Shasta springs, enough water for 614 typical U.S. families. The bottled water giant had since scaled back the plan due to mounting public opposition led chiefly by the Protect Our Waters Coalition.

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