Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ballerina, Consumer Advocate for Better Product Labels Died Aug. 22, 2019

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ballerina, Consumer Advocate for Better Product Labels Died Aug. 22, 2019

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As a homemaker, Eva Edelstein was constantly annoyed by the lack of information provided by food product manufacturers on the labels at the grocery store.

Although some products were advertised as "super-sized," there was no detailed information related to its weight, its ingredients or calorie content on the product label.

"She thought about things. She not only thought about things, but she acted on them," said her husband of 67 years, Jason Edelstein, rabbi emeritus at Temple David in Monroeville.

When the national discussion in the 1960s began to focus on "truth in packaging," Mrs. Edelstein got involved with the consumer movement at the local level by working as a volunteer for the Alliance for Consumer Protection, an organization that pushed for honesty in packaging.

Her work as a leader in the push for more product transparency earned Mrs. Edelstein an invitation by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the White House in 1967 when it was time to sign the landmark Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. It requires all consumer commodities be labeled to disclose information such as net contents, ingredients and net quantity of contents.

Unfortunately, Rabbi Edelstein said, his wife was unable to accept the White House invitation.

"She couldn't go due to having young kids at home," he said. "She chose someone else to go from Temple David."

The unsung pioneer of consumer advocacy and Holocaust survivor died Thursday from heart failure at the Beatty Pointe Village independent living facility in Monroeville. She was 92.

"She was connected to life in her own inimitable way, and that way was an expression of her character," Rabbi Edelstein said. "She wanted to do good things, and she did good things on a regular basis."

As an outgrowth of her community activity related to the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission hired Mrs. …

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