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- Dennis Herrera city attorney of San Francisco.
- Bob Arnot physician and former medical correspondent for NBC and author of 14 books including, "The Aztec Diet," and "The Prostate Cancer Prevention Plan."
- Barry Meier staff reporter for "The New York Times" and author of "Pain Killer: A 'Wonder' Drug's Trail of Addiction and Death."
- Michael Jacobson co-founder and executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and author of "Restaurant Confidential," "Marketing Madness," "What Are We Feeding Our Kids?" and "The Fast Food Guide."
- Michael Taylor deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine at Food and Drug Administration.
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