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The Spanish Consumer Organisation (OCU) issued a press release calling on the government to ban the advertising of 'unhealthy' food and beverage to children. It also asks to include strict nutritional criteria such as those developed by the World He...

The Chilean Ministry of Health just announced the results of a first survey conducted by the University of Chile on citizen’s perception of the new nutrition labelling and advertising law introduced six months ago. The survey’s main findi...

New research published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) found that 65% of food products advertised on Nickleodeon were candy, sugary breakfast cereals and other foods of ‘poor nutritional quality’, compared to 88% i...

In a piece of research published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on 9 September, academics from the University of Auckland recommend the adoption of WHO Europe’s nutrient profile model to halt the advertising of ‘unhealthy’ foods...

On 25 January, the WHO-appointed Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) released its long awaited report which calls on governments, among a package of 36 recommendations, to reduce the exposure of children and adolescents to, and the power of...

On 24 August, consumer group Foodwatch Germany released a report in which it claims that the EU Pledge is ineffective and calls on the federal government to ban the marketing of food products to under 16 years old based on WHO Europe nutrient profile...

Two years after the adoption of the Law on the Promotion of a Healthy Diet for Children and Adolescents, the Ministry of Health has now adopted the implementing Regulation establishing the nutritional criteria on the basis of which the provision...

In a new press release, BEUC - the umbrella body for EU member states' national consumer groups – urges member states and EU Pledge signatories to endorse the nutrient profile model developed by the Europe Regional Office of the World Health Or...

On 19 February, the 21 signatories of the EU Pledge initiative released their 2014 monitoring report which reveals that compared with 2005, children are exposed to 52% less advertising for products not meeting specific nutrition criteria across all T...

On 19 February, the WHO Regional office for Europe launched its nutrient profiling model aimed at policy-makers across the WHO Europe Region willing to regulate food advertising to children. The model determines whether a food product may or may not...

On 1 January, a new advertising code restricting food and beverage advertising to children under the age of 13 entered into force. The code, adopted by the Dutch Federation of the Food and Groceries Industries (FNLI), applies to the entire industry....

A NSW Cancer Council study published in the Journal “Nutrition and Dietetics” found that over 60% of food adverts targeted to children broadcast on Australian television were considered "unhealthy" according to government-endors...

A week after the entry into force of the regulations restricting food advertising to children (see AEF Alert 18/07/14), Mexican public authorities announced a series of enforcement actions against several food manufacturers. As reported in the press...

The Obesity Policy Coalition called the Australian Food and Grocery Council Code a "sham" after nine out of 10 complaints they had lodged were dismissed. The group criticizes the Code for being too lenient in terms of the nutrition criteria used to d...

New data released today shows that the 20 signatories of the EU Pledge initiative have significantly changed the way they advertise products to children on TV since 2005 in the EU. Overall, children are exposed to 31% less ads for EU pledge products ...

On 26 February, the EU Greek Presidency endorsed an EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity during a Conference on Health and Physical Activity taking place in Athens. The Action Plan, which aims to halt the rise in overweight and obesity in children and...

On 31 December, the uniform nutrition criteria of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) came into force. These criteria define which products signatories can advertise to children under the age of 12. &ldquo...

Academic research released in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that adults feel more positive about the nutritiousness of products advertised through brand characters such as Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger if those adults were exposed to the...

An academic study published in the December issue of the journal Childhood Obesity finds that self-regulation is ineffective, since the overall nutritional value of products advertised during children's programmes (≥35% child-audience share) is wo...

Following a campaign urging Nickelodeon to stop licensing characters such as SpongeBob to “unhealthy products” (see AEf Alert 15/03/13), the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and other consumer groups launched a s...

An article published online on 2 July by the Journal Pediatric Obesity found that the 16 signatories of the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) were less likely to advertise products that met the draft nutrition standards of t...

On 18 June, WHO Europe released a report entitled the “Marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children: update 2012–2013”, in which it urges policy-makers to tighten restrictions on the marketing of food and beverages hig...

On 10 June, US Democrats Senators Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia), Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Dick Durbin (Illinois) sent a letter to Nickelodeon and its parent company Viacom requesting that the children’s entertai...

A study by IASO Tim Lobstein released in the journal Pediatric Obesity finds that the EU Pledge’s recently agreed common nutritional criteria for food marketing to children under 12 are too tolerant for sugary products including breakfast cerea...

On 4 June, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) issued revised versions of its General and Children’s Commercial Communications Codes which now include rules on the promotion of high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food to children (see AEf A...

On 3 May, Foodwatch Germany issued a factsheet entitled “The EU Pledge - a fig leaf for advertising to children in the food industry” in which it criticises the EU Pledge for allowing the continued marketing of unhealthy food and beverage...

On 28 March, NGO the European Heart Network (EHN) published a report entitled: "Reducing children's exposure to marketing of foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt or sugar: what would be the best nutrient profile model?”. Following an ass...

During a press conference held on 19 March 2013, a group of NGOs in Mexico denounced the ineffectiveness of food companies’ Pledge on advertising to children. According to Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, bringing together NGOs concerned abou...

The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a new international index released on 12 March, ranked the 25 largest food and beverage manufacturers based on their nutrition practices, including their efforts to address the problems of undernut...

On 25 February 2013, NGO Foodwatch released a study entitled “Marketing to children: irresponsible and unregulated”, which calls on the Dutch Government to ban the marketing of “unhealthy products” to children. In its report,...

The Cancer Council NSW is calling for stronger regulation in fast food marketing and menu labelling following the publication of its new report “Fast Food: Exposing the Truth”. The report reveals that in recent years, the fast food indus...

In an investigation of food companies’ websites released in December 2012, Hamburg-based consumer association the “Verbraucherzentrale Hamburg” criticized the leniency of the EU Pledge initiative regarding which food products can be...

At the end of December 2012, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released “A Review of Food Marketing to Children and Adolescents” revealing that food and beverage companies spent less on marketing targeted to children and teenagers age...

An independent review released on 2 November found that 74% of signatory companies participating in the two Australian self-regulatory programmes to moderate children’s exposure to advertisements for non-core food (the Responsible Children&rsqu...

On 12 October, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) announced new advertising restrictions for the advertising of food and beverages "high in fat, salt and sugar" ("HFSS") to children, following a public consultation on the review of its Child...

In report released on 27 September by IASO (the International Association for the Study of Obesity) entitled “A Junk‐Free Childhood 2012: Marketing foods and beverages to children in Europe”, author Tim Lobstein criticizes the leeway le...

On 19 September, Advertising Standards Canada (ASC), the advertising industry' self-regulating body, released the fourth annual compliance report of the Canadian Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CAI), revealing particip...

On 11 September, the Belgian Advertisers Association (UBA) and Belgian food associations COMEOS and FEVIA officially launched the “Belgian Pledge”, an initiative whereby 33 signatories commit not to advertise products to children under 12...

On 18 July, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) denounced the use of Madagascar 3 characters by companies marketing “nutrition-poor foods” and which are not Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI...

German consumer association Foodwatch announced the launch of an online petition containing a 15-point plan against misleading labelling. The NGO recommends prohibiting advertising of "unhealthy" foods to children.  This petition was launched o...

On 9 June, the Norwegian Ministry of Health published a consultation on a draft regulation to ban the marketing of “unhealthy” food and beverages to children under 18 with immediate effect. Energy-dense food and beverages are defined as:...

On 6 June, The Council of Better Business Bureau (BBB) published Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI)’s “2012 Snapshot” showing that food and beverage advertising accounted for less than a quarter of the...

Walt Disney Co. announced in a press release on 5 May that it will become the first major media company to restrict advertising of certain food and beverages on the company’s child-focused TV channels (Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior),...

On 30 March, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) launched a second consultation as part of the review of its Children’s Commercial Communications Code (See AEF Alert 01/09/12). Following consideration of the 226 responses received to t...

On 16 November, John Hill, Health Minister of the Province of South Australia (SA) held a conference during which he called the industry to take three actions to limit unhealthy food advertising if it wants to avoid regulatory measures: Extend the...

On 27 September, seventy-five experts in nutrition, marketing, medicine and public health wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to ensure that the Interagency Working Group (IWG) completes its work and issues a strong set of marketing guidelin...

On 14 July, a group of the United States' largest food companies, members of the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), announced they have agreed to follow common nutrition criteria for foods advertised to children. The CFBAI,...

The UK National Heart Forum (NHF)* published a report analysing the regulatory and voluntary environment of food and drink marketing to children in order to identify current gaps and opportunities for action. The report found that current codes and ...

The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) has published a set of 'Obesity Outcomes' which it would like to see adopted at the forthcoming first UN High-Level Summit on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) on 19 and 20 September 2011. ...

In the current edition of the “Public Health Nutrition” Journal, Corinna Hawkes from the Centre for Food Policy in the UK and Jennifer L. Harris from the Yale Rudd Center, review and analyse the various “food industry pledges”...

On 6 May, the Florida legislature adopted a bill which, among other things, aims to prevent cities and local counties from regulating the nutritional content and marketing of food sold in restaurants. The provision was inserted into a bill on &ldquo...

Juan Cabandié, Member of local Parliament of the City of Buenos Aires, recently tabled a proposal to prohibit giving away toys with food and beverages which did not meet certain nutritional standards.  Menus which do not exceed a certain ...

On 28 April, a US Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) published a draft of long-awaited nutritional standards entitled “Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts”. This development follows mounting f...

On 5 April 2011, New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban toys in fast food meals unless the menu meets certain nutritional requirements. The nutritional standards would require that meals have le...

On 4 February, a proposal to restrict marketing practices of high-calorie childrens’ meals was presented to the Nebraska Senate’s Agriculture Committee (see AEF Alert 2 February 2011). The proposal was rejected unanimously by the eight Co...