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Infant Formula Marketing

Keep infant formula marketing out of healthcare facilities.

Commercial Advertising in Schools

Commercial Advertising in Schools

Keep commercial advertising out of schools.

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November 24th, 2015 | Chris Morran | Consumerist

Proposed Food Labeling Law Would Clarify Use Of “Natural” And “Healthy”

Lawmakers in D.C. today introduced legislation intended to overhaul the marketing and labeling of processed foods — revising everything from the nutrition panel to the ingredients list to the use of terms like “natural” and “healthy.” First, the Act directs the Secretary for the Dept. of Health and Human Services to create a standard label for the front of a product. The idea is to craft something that clearly displays information about calories, serving sizes, and important nutrients, with the goal that consumers will be able to use this panel to easily compare otherwise similar products.

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November 24th, 2015 | Dr. Dana Silver | The Baltimore Sun

Formula is food; breast milk is much more

I advocate for women and families to make informed choices. If they make an educated decision not to breastfeed, or they are having problems and cannot breastfeed, I support that too. I teach that to my colleagues in lectures across the state and to my pediatric residents at Sinai Hospital. As a pediatrician I want to maximize the health potential of my patients. Among other things, I also recommend vaccines, car seats, eating fruits and vegetables, and exercising to my patients.

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November 23rd, 2015 | Jennifer Faull | The Drum

Marketing industry prepares for online ad ban of junk food to kids (UK)

The marketing industry is readying itself for an expected ban on advertising sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks to children online through social media, computer games and cartoon characters.The Food and Drink Federation is getting a head start on CAP rulings and is set to voluntarily ban advertising such products. Beginning January 2016, it will prohibit the use of branded cartoon characters in child-friendly advertising or marketing via games, the internet and social media.

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November 20th, 2015 | Paul Duggan | The Washington Post

Metro board clears way for alcohol advertising in transit system

Metro’s board, eager for new sources of revenue, voted Thursday to scrap a 20-year-old policy against alcohol ads in the transit system, a first step toward possibly allowing beer and liquor signs in trains, buses and stations. Coping with stagnant fare revenue, declining rail ridership, rising expenses and no significant increase in funding from Washington-area jurisdictions, the transit agency needs money to balance its budget. A Metro staff report this month said alcohol ads “could potentially generate $5 million” over the next several years.

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November 19th, 2015 | Nathalie Tadena | The Wall Street Journal

Doctors’ Proposed Ban of Drug Ads Goes After Top Magazine Ad Category

The American Medical Association has called for a ban of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs, a major source of ad revenue for print magazines.
The AMA, a professional organization of doctors in the U.S., on Tuesday said it has adopted a new policy supporting the ban of such ads and for greater transparency in prescription drug prices and costs.

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