Doctors announce lawsuits against major food companies

06/23/05

Suits aimed at stopping national advertising campaigns claiming dairy foods 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 five 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.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Two-way teleconference available. CALL 888-243-1119 to log into media briefing.

Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, especially good nutrition. PCRM also conducts clinical research studies, opposes unethical human experimentation, and promotes alternatives to animal research.

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