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A lawsuit filed on 4 January in California alleges that Coca-Cola and its trade group, the American Beverage Association, deceived and confused the public—including children—about science that links sugar-sweetened beverages to chronic il...

A study published in Childhood Obesity and conducted by the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity found that marketers of products high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) are deceiving children and parents by selling healthie...

On 16 June, Senate Democrat Bill Nelson sent a letter to Google CEO Larry Page sharing his concerns over the YouTube Kids app following a complaint filed with the FTC last April by several advocacy groups. The groups accused the service of blurring t...

Earlier this year, iTunes, Google, Amazon, Gameloft signed an agreement with the competition authority Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM) to revise their policies on free applications downloaded from th...

The Federal Consumers’ Office (PROFECO) in Mexico has fined McDonald’s with over 680.000 pesos (around $55.000) for engaging in miselading advertising of the ‘Happy Meal’ regarding the amount of fruit contained in the popular ...

Mexican Consumer NGO Allianza por la Salud Alimentaria, together with a group of artists, launched a new campaign on 29 April 2013 directed against advertising of unhealthy foods to children. The NGO “captured and arrested” four of t...

A poll launched by NGO Foodwatch on 18 April asks people to cast their vote for this year’s “Goldene Windbeutel” – an award attributed to a food product targeting children for misleading advertising. In 2012, the NGO looked a...

Brazilian Consumer Organisation Instituto Alana signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Public Prosecutor of the State of São Paulo and the Public Prosecutor’s University for joint action in the fight against abuses in advertising to chi...

In February 2012, US social marketing agency EnviroMedia launched Leanwashingindex.com, a website allowing consumers to post, comment and rate health claims in marketing. EnviroMedia is responsible for creating the Greenwashing index – assessin...

On 9 March, left-wing Member of the Polish Parliament Katarzyna Piekarska (Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) said airbrushed cosmetics adverts should be banned to protect – among others – children who are particularly vulnerable and young wo...

On 15 November, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a non-binding resolution on “A new strategy for Consumer Policy” calling for consumers, especially children, to be protected from misleading advertising. Importantly, a paragraph propos...

During the opening of the 14th Congress on Public Health Research, José Angel Córdova Villalobos, Mexican Health Secretary, reportedly announced plans to prohibit the advertising of “products causing childhood obesity” durin...