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The modern town of Santiponce overlies the pre-Roman Iberian settlement and part of the well-preserved Roman city.
The nearby native and Roman city of Hispalis (Seville) was and would remain a larger city, but Italica was founded in 206 BC by the great Roman general Publius Cornelius Scipio (later given the nickname Africanus) to settle his victorious veterans from the Second Punic Wars against Hannibal and the Carthaginians, and close enough to the Guadalquivir to control the area.
For a decade, CR conducted independent testing and research to highlight the dangers of cigarettes.
The Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health used CR’s work to draft its landmark report.
By Royal Order of 1912 Italica was declared a National Monument, but it was not until 2001 that the archaeological site of Italica and the areas of protection were clearly defined.
As no modern city covered many of Italica's buildings, the result is an unusually well-preserved Roman city with cobbled Roman streets and mosaic floors still in situ.
After working to pass bans in several states, the FDA finally announced a federal ban on BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups (2012) and infant formula packaging (2013).
After years of CR’s advocating for standards to address the problem of blind zones behind cars and trucks, the Department of Transportation finally required backup cameras in all vehicles less than 10,000 pounds by 2018.
Italica thrived especially under the patronage of Hadrian, like many other cities in the empire under his influence at this time, but it was especially favoured as his birthplace.
CR tests showed two-thirds of seat belts failed basic safety and durability tests, leading CR to call for better belts and for federal standards that incorporated crash testing. When CR first crash-tested car seats, 12 out of 15 were rated Not Acceptable. Department of Agriculture data, CR found pesticide levels in some fruits and vegetables were too high.