BIG FOOD Table of Contents


RECOMMENDED LINKS website of John Banzhaf, the scientist-lawyer leading the fight against big food--latest news, legal updates, etc.

BBC's "Fast Food Factory" backgrounder (UK), July 21 summarizes legal actions re school vending machines website long devoted to monitoring McDonald's

Center for Science in the Public Interest related press releases

Is Fat the Next Tobacco? early backgrounder, January 20

Louis Cheskin "Cheskin's principle of sensation transference: It has little interest in what people think about the package. What's important is what the package makes people feel about the product."

"Public Health Advocacy Institute has initiated a project to track and publicize the progress made by food producers and distributors that have voluntarily agreed to improve their practices and products so as to counteract the obesity epidemic.", Oct. 29

The World of Food Science Latest food corporation news...

Food Reconstruction Companies links, addresses & phone numbers


"Casein peptides react with opiate receptors in the brain, thus mimicking the effects of opiate drugs like heroin and morphine"

About Casein "Imitation sausages, soups, stews, high-protein beverage powders, fortified cereals, infant formula, nutrition bars, bakery glazes, coffee whiteners, formulated meats, salad dressing, sauces, and whipped toppings all may contain casein or caseinates. Casein and caseinates are used as extenders, tenderizers, nutritional fortifers, and texturizers, therefore can be found in products other than foods. For instance, Trident For Kids and Trident Advantage contain Recaldent which contains a milk-casein derivative. Other examples of products containing casein include cosmetics, adhesives, pharmaceutical, nutritional, and personal care products."



McDonald's Ingredients


Burger King

Kentucky Fried Chicken


Taco Bell


Fast Food Nutrition Facts

Fast Food Calories & Fats Chart

The Kerry Group Casein Corporations From fattening farm animals to fattening humans?




























































































Fighting Big Food 
"Addictive substances cause substance addiction."Dan Mahony

"Sugar, milk, cheese, meat and chocolate are as addictive as cocaine and consumers need dietary detox, September 11."



 "The Philip Morris family of companies, including Kraft Foods Inc., is the world's largest producer and marketer of consumer packaged goods. Philip Morris Companies Inc. recorded 2001 underlying operating revenues of $89.9 billion. By 1983, Philip Morris USA had become the largest cigarette company in the country, and it remains the industry leader today because it continues to build on and improve upon those attributes that got us here (Click first search result, see fifth paragraph)." 


"The orange juice you might have had for breakfast, followed by rashers and sausages; the biscuit, or bun, you had for you elevenses; the sandwich you had for lunch: the beef casserole, or chicken, you had for your dinner and the ice cream for dessert, may have one thing in common. All could have come from the Kerry Group"

"Kerry supplies over 10,000 food, food ingredients and flavour products to customers in more than 120 countries worldwide. The Group has manufacturing facilities in 16 different countries and international sales offices in 20 other countries across the globe."

Kerry Group Buys 32 Corporations 2000-2004

"The current methods for preparing fast food are less likely to be found in cookbooks than in trade journals such as Food Technologist and Food Engineering."  Fast Food Nation.


"The M stands for McDonald’s, but the rounded m represents mummy’s mammaries, acccording the design consultant and psychologist Louis Cheskin. In the 1960's McDonald's was prepared to abandon this logo, but Cheskin successfully urged the company to maintain this branding with its Freudian symbolism of a pair of nourishing breasts BBC."

"Americans spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music—combined Fast Food Nation."

"U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is calling for a new law to protect fast food restaurants. 'I think it's your choice,' says Melissa Toler. 'I think if you want to stop at McDonalds...I think it's willpower', July 17." Rebuttal: Cntr. for Science in the Public Interest

"Some nutritionists say that it is unfair to blame just fast food firms for surging obesity when 85% of people’s food comes from supermarkets. Such stores promote processed foods with high levels of fat and sugar, along with snacks such as crisps, ice cream and chocolate, because they offer high profit margins Sunday Times (UK), July 13."

“If a particular food or drink is promoted to them, and a vending machine is in the school, children will be led by that. They will think ‘the school has put that there, therefore this cannot be bad for me’ (UK), July 20."

"Coming down the pike are going to be large lawsuits, class action suits looking at cardiovascular disease, premature death, diabetes, and they`re going to turn to the food industry and lay it on their feet"  

""Companies that manufacture and sell high-calorie, low-nutrition food to school children in vending machines, for instance, are part of the problem. So are those that aggressively advertise such products to small children via television commercials. These companies can become part of the solution by changing their ways. Without doubt their failure to do so will prompt demands for remedial legal actions such as regulation, legislation and litigation.", Oct. 29


MACDICTIVE?—"American researchers are investigating the possibility that fast foods may be just as addictive as hard drugs. 'It seems that the rats ingest more and more and the changes that we see in the brain are similar to what we would see if we gave a rat morphine or heroin New Scientist, February (excerpts)  BBCNews, Jan. 30."  "The study will appear in the European Journal of Neuroscience- sometime in the fall I think (it is in press now)."--Dr. Ann Kelley, email 11AUG03

McDonald's Home "Over half the population of the USA lives within 3 minutes drive of a McDonald's. McDonald’s actually makes most of its money from rent, because it owns more retail property than any other company on earth BBC's Fast Food Factory." 

Which is most fattening: McDonald's Big Mac, its large fries, or its 16 oz. Triple Chocolate Shake?

FORTY SUBSTANCES IN JUST THE BUN?"Big Mac® Bun: Enriched bleached wheat flour (malted barley flour, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron, folic acid), water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean, corn, canola, and/or cottonseed). Contains 2 percent or less of salt, wheat gluten, malted barley flour, alpha amylase, mono- and diglycerides, propionic acid, phosphoric acid, calcium sulfate, ammonium chloride, monocalcium phosphate, ascorbic acid, azodicarbomide, corn flour, soy flour, potato flour, calcium peroxide, diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides, silicon dioxide, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, fungal enzymes, emulsifiers, sodium or calcium propionate (as a preservative), sesame seeds"

FORTY FIVE SUBSTANCES IN JUST ONE KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT?—"Ingredients: Enriched bleached wheat flour (contains bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), dextrose, vegetable shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil), water, sugar, soy flour, egg yolks, vital wheat gluten, yeast, nonfat milk, yeast nutrients (calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate), dough conditioners (calcium dioxide, monocalcium and dicalcium phosphate, diammonium phosphate, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, whey, starch, ascorbic acid, sodium bicarbonate, calcium carbonate), salt, mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono-and diglycerides, lecithin, calcium propionate (to retain freshness), cellulose gum, natural and artificial flavors, fungal alpha amylase, amylase, maltogenic amylase, pentosanase, protease, sodium caseinate, corn maltodextrin, corn syrup solids and BHT (to help protect flavor). Glaze may also contain: Calcium carbonate, agar, locust bean gum, disodium phosphate, and sorbitan monostearate.

WORLD HEALTH ORG. SAYS ACRYLAMIDE IN FAST FOODS IS 'SERIOUS PROBLEM'"Foods in which acrylamide develops include potato chips, french fries, bread and processed cereals. We have concluded that the new findings constitute a serious problem source."  "AFFECTS CENTRAL AND PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEMS AND REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM source."   CHART: ACRYLAMIDE LEVELS IN FOODS   Nature Science Update  US FDA Plan  German Plan

MCDONALD'S TO REDUCE ANTIBIOTICS IN ITS BURGERS"McDonald's Corp. said it is directing its meat suppliers world-wide to phase out the routine use of antibiotics in animals, responding to concerns that they lessen the drugs' effectiveness for humans Wall Street Journal, June 19."

GERBER BABY FOOD CORP. STUDY FIGHTS BACK: "Even before their second birthday...significant numbers of infants and toddlers are downing french fries, pizza, candy and soda."—Naples Daily News, Florida, Oct. 26

US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS FAST FOOD NOT CAUSE OF OBESITY"The Chamber commissioned former White House economist Todd G. Buchholz to examine reasons why Americans have gained weight over the last several decades. "Burger, Fries and Lawyers: The Beef Behind Obesity Lawsuits," acknowledges statistics that over half of American adults are overweight. But the study outlines several reasons for this phenomenon: Americans are more sedentary than in years past; snack twice as often between meals as they did two decades ago; and consume about 200 calories more each day than they did in the 1970s, July 2."
"To say that fast food has nothing to do with obesity is pretty incredible, even for the credibility-challenged Chamber of Commerce, July 3."

BABY FORMULA FATTENING?—"In two studies looking at the effects of breast milk and formula on weight later in life...Kids fed mainly breast milk for the first 6 months of life were 22% less likely to be overweight by age 14 Jnrl. Amer. Medical Assn., May 16, 2001." "The composition of cow's milk, the basis of most breastmilk substitutes over the centuries, is compared with that of human milk in table 2. In cow's milk the major proteins are a-casein and , b-lactoglobulin; the ratio of casein to whey protein is 80:20; the casein micellar volume is double that of human milk, and the curd formed is hard"


Teacher: "They eat a candy bar from a machine, get a brief sugar rush, and then their heads go down on their desks source."  

TRIGGER FOODS? STUDY FINDS SUGARY DRINKS CAUSE CHILDREN TO EAT MORE—"Cornell team's study of 30 children aged 6 to 12 found that on days when they drank sweetened drinks, they took in, on average, 244 more calories a day. The children did not eat any less food to compensate for the extra calories in the sodas, lemonades and other drink treats, the researchers said Journal of Pediatrics, June, 2003."

SUGAR WITHDRAWAL LIKE DRUG WITHDRAWAL?"Repeated, excessive intake of sugar created a state in which an opioid antagonist caused behavioral and neurochemical signs of opioid withdrawal. The indices of anxiety and DA/ACh imbalance were qualitatively similar to withdrawal from morphine or nicotine, suggesting that the rats had become sugar-dependent Journal of Obesity Research, June, 2002."

SUGAR LIKE NICOTINE?"The enhancing effect of sucrose consumption on analgesia induced by both nicotine and morphine suggests a similar mechanism underlying the interaction between sucrose and drugs of abuse like nicotine and morphine"


"Taxpayers are paying hundreds of millions of dollars for a federal school lunch program, but many kids are filling up on empty calories before lunch. That's what has to change."US Senator Patrick Leahy,, March 14, 2001

MANY STATES TO REMOVE SCHOOL VENDING MACHINES OR REQUIRE REMOVAL OF FAST FOODS FROM THEM"At least 30 states have considered legislation, July 14." "The Philadelphia School District will take soft drinks out of the district's schools in an effort to reduce obesity in children July 15." "Chips, cookies, candy and soft drinks will now be banned from the vending machines Missouri, July 11." "The Seattle School Board, in Washington state, has narrowly voted to extend a five-year drinks contract with Coca Cola - but has placed restrictions on sales to pupils BBC, July 21."

COKE TO REDUCE SCHOOL VENDING MACHINE BUSINESS"Coca -Cola will no longer require exclusive vending machine arrangements with schools Coke statement."



WORRIED ABOUT CHILDHOOD OBESITY EPIDEMIC?—"In response to rising obesity rates around the world, Kraft Foods Inc. said today it will initiate a new series of steps to further strengthen the alignment of its products and marketing practices with societal needs Kaft Corp.." OR WORRIED ABOUT LAWSUITS?—"Dr. Henry Anhalt, director of pediatric endocrinology at New York's Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn at Maimonides, said he thinks Kraft is trying to avoid lawsuits such as those that have hit the tobacco industry CBSNews, July 1." KRAFT IS OWNED BY TOBACCO GIANT"The Philip Morris family of companies, including Kraft Foods Inc., is the world's largest producer and marketer of consumer packaged goods. Philip Morris Companies Inc. recorded 2001 underlying operating revenues of $89.9 billion and owns 83.9% of the outstanding common shares of Kraft" (Click first search result.) 

NUTRITION LABELLING URGED FOR CHAIN RESTAURANTS"Chain restaurants in the nation’s capital may soon have to disclose calorie and other nutrition information if legislation announced today by District of Columbia Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) becomes law Cntr. Science in the Public Interest."

MCDONALD'S REJECTS ROLE IN CAUSING OBESITY IN CHILDREN"McDonald's has rejected accusations that its cooking fattens America's children, telling a judge that a lawsuit relied on incomplete information and outdated material to allege that children were misled by advertising, June 26.

JUDGE DISMISSES OBESITY LAWSUIT AGAINST MCDONALD'S"One necessary element of any potentially viable claim must be that McDonald's products involve a danger that is not within the common knowledge of consumers. Plaintiffs have failed to allege with any specificity that such a danger exists, January 22."

BIG FOOD CORPS BRACING FOR LEGAL STORM—"Fast food's biggest players will receive a jolting demand from the law professor who helped bring Big Tobacco to its knees: Display warning notices about the alleged addictive nature of fatty foods USAToday, July 14."

LEGAL ACTION RE FAST FOOD IN SCHOOLS NOT FAR OFF"Lawyers say school boards and education departments will be the next targets of obesity lawsuits. They believe it will be easier to win a damages case against an education authority than a fast-food company because schools have a greater duty of care to their pupils (UK), July 20."

McDONALD'S SUES CRITIC—"but the critic says he has no intention of going back on saying its burgers taste of rubber and its fries of cardboard source."

Lawyers are gathering in Boston on Friday for the first major conference on ways of suing the fast food industry BBCNews, June 20.


See also: Casein the 'Nicotine' in Fast Foods?


The Kerry Group Casein Corporations

wpe1.jpg (13133 bytes) "Scientists called 'flavorists,' wearing lab coats, cobble together chemicals to recreate the flavor of fresh cherries or grilled hamburgers, always keeping 'mouthfeel' in mind. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music—combined Fast Food Nation."

WHY ARE THE NUTRIENTS MISSING?—"Imagine a Healthier World," says the Alliance for Better Foods website. "It could be very important to developing nations, where millions of children go blind from lack of vitamin A, and where millions of iron-deficient women and children suffer serious health problems. The scientists, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, identified a great humanitarian need and sought to solve it by adding the missing nutrients to a food that hundreds of millions of poor people eat nearly every day source."






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