Food / The Food Policeman: A Spoonful of Sugar? Beware

Slather on the epithets--Food Nazi, Twinkie Taxer, Nutrition Nanny. Michael Jacobson, nemesis of the multibillion-dollar U.S. food industry, relishes the attention. In the three decades since the soft-spoken microbiologist co-founded the Washington-based Center for Science in the Public Interest, he has enraged the restaurant industry (fettuccine Alfredo: "a heart attack on a plate"), forced a ban on sulfites at salad bars after a rash of fatal allergic reactions, shamed McDonald's into excising beef tallow from its French fryers, roused moviegoers against artery-clogging coconut oil in popcorn and successfully lobbied for nutrition labels on all supermarket processed-food items.

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