Popcorn Makers Considering Using Olestra

Statement of CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson

May 21, 2004

The news that major microwave popcorn makers are considering using the diarrhea-inducing fake fat Olestra is unwelcome news for Americans' insides.

Some 20,000 people have filed complaints about abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and other health problems caused by Olestra--more complaints than for all other food additives combined.

There's already plenty of low-fat microwave popcorn on the market that doesn't make people sick. I hope ConAgra, General Mills, and Pop Weaver choose not to put their customers at risk of such dangerous side effects.


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