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Consumer Alert activities.

* National ID letter:

Forty national organizations, among them Consumer Alert, sent a letter to President Bush and Transportation Secretary Mineta opposing "the attempts of state motor vehicle officials to create a national identification system (national ID) through the bureaucratic back door of state drivers' licenses." The groups argued that it would not prevent terrorism, but would depend on a massive bureaucracy to ensure accuracy and protection from misuse. The costs of a national ID system have been estimated at as much as $9 billion.

* Comments on Microsoft settlement:

In its comments January 28 to the U.S. Justice Department on the proposed settlement in the Microsoft case, Consumer Alert supported the need for a settlement. CA argued that the "remedies provided in the settlement are far-reaching and address the business practices that the court found to be anti-competitive," and that with a settlement, consumers would likely continue to benefit from products and services offered by firms that operate in dynamic, rapidly changing markets and are innovative in their distribution systems.

* Starbucks letter:

Seven organizations, including Consumer Alert, sent a letter on February 21, 2002 to the board members of Starbucks. The groups commended the company for adopting a responsible policy regarding the offering of premium-priced certified organic or soy milk options to consumers as alternatives to but not replacements of more affordable and safe conventional dairy products, as demanded by activist groups.

* Postal service press conference:

CA participated in a press conference organized by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) on April 5, 2002 that focused on a "Transformation Plan" released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Government Accounting Office has predicted dire consequences unless drastic structural and operational changes are made. CA's Fran Smith pointed out in her remarks that "the U.S. Postal Service's monopoly on first-class mail drives many of its fundamental problems -- its high costs, high debt levels, low productivity, and shrinking revenues."

* Codex Alimentarius comments:

Consumer Alert offered comments on two topics related to the Codex Alimentarius' work on international food standards. On January 31, CA commented on the draft working principles for risk analysis. Comments by CA on April 3 addressed risk analysis, as well as issues related to an international code of ethics in international food trade.
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