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NEWS RELEASE June 24, 2005

Physicians Announce Lawsuit against Major Food Companies, Dairy Groups over False Weight-Loss Claims

Suits Aimed at Stopping National Advertising Campaigns Claiming Dairy Products Facilitate Weight Loss

WASHINGTON—The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) will announce two major lawsuits aimed at stopping multi-million-dollar national advertising campaigns by four of the nation’s largest food companies and major dairy trade groups that claim that milk and other dairy products facilitate weight loss.

WHO:

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.: Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He is the nationally recognized director of the China Diet and Health Study.

Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D.: Senior Nutrition Scientist, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Dan Kinburn, Esq.: Senior Legal Counsel, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Catherine Holmes: Plaintiff.

Mindy Kursban, Esq.: Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 10 a.m.

WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC - First Amendment Room.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.



Media Contact:
Jeanne S. McVey
202-527-7316
jeannem@pcrm.org

Related Links:
FDA Petition (PDF)

FTC Petition (PDF)

Recent study: Dairy does not promote bone health

What's Wrong with Dairy Products? fact sheet

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