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After a petition by Procter & Gamble and Frito-Lay, the FDA reversed as prior decision and allowed the companies to omit the warning on packages of foods containing the fake fat olestra, which causes mild to severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps in some consumers.

Frito-Lay then removed all references to olestra, except in the ingredients statements, so that consumers would not know what they were buying. Sales of the products increased significantly, as did the number of adverse-reaction reports filed on CSPI's Web site. CSPI negotiated an agreement with Frito-Lay to change the labels of its chips to make the presence of olestra clearer.

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