CEI Daily - Alcohol Labeling, the D.C. Metro, and Bed Bugs


Alcohol Labeling


Proposed wine labeling mandates would regulate how wine producers describe their products on labels. 


Director of Risk and Environmental Policy Angela Logomasini says the proposed mandates are misguided.


"Alcohol producers should have the freedom to include any information on their labels that they desire, except fraudulent claims. That includes nutrition and other health-related information. But unlike [premium drinks company] Diageo, activist groups are calling on the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to require specific information, rather than allow firms more freedom in labeling."




The D.C. Metro


The WMATA held a meeting this week to discuss the implementation of and reactions to their new bag search policy.


Research Associate Brian McGraw points out that even though the majority of attendees to the meeting were opposed to the new policy, Metro Transit Police refused to address people's major concerns.


"WMATA's response to criticism reminds us that citizen opinion isn’t to be considered, despite the number of sensible critiques (that it will do absolutely nothing to prevent a terrorist attack) and WMATA's own admission that 'there is no specific or credible threat to the system at this time.'"


Bed Bugs


Outgoing Ohio Governor Ted Strickland wants the EPA to approve emergency use of the pesticide Propoxur to rid elderly residential centers of bed bugs.


Director of Risk and Environmental Policy Angela Logomasini explains why the EPA should reconsider their position on using pesticides and DDT to fight bed bugs.


"According to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the agency won’t allow its use indoor because the possibility of adverse effects on children.  She suggests that bedbugs are a serious 'problem' and a 'nuisance' but that the chemical might amount to 'a cure that’s actually worse than the disease.'

    She dismisses the likelihood that Propoxur could provide more benefits than risks. 'If used wisely and against the right kind of pest, then I think it [Propoxur] will probably offer far more benefit than risk,' bedbug expert Dr. Richard Pollack of the Harvard School of Public Health told The New York Times in 2009.

    However, if Jackson really wants to protect kids from toxicity and the 'nuisance' of bedbugs, she should approve limited, home-use of the pesticide DDT.  It helped eradicate bedbugs in the United States during the 20th century, but they returned a few decades after the EPA banned DDT."