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and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy.

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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 25th, 2015 | Cecilia Kang | The New York Times

YouTube Kids App Faces New Complaints Over Ads for Junk Food

Visit YouTube Kids and typically it will not be long before promotions for junk food appear. The advertisements regularly show up in the form of funny contests and animated stories. In complaints filed to federal officials on Tuesday, two prominent consumer advocacy groups argued that those ads were deceptive, particularly for children. The two complaints, made to the Federal Trade Commission, expand on the groups’ filings to the agency in April and could increase pressure on federal officials to intervene in the fast-growing online video market.

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November 25th, 2015 | Kristen Strader | Public Citizen

Keep Alcohol Advertising Out of Public Transit in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has reversed a policy that kept alcohol ads out of Metro for 20 years.

Tens of thousands of students ride Metro to and from school every day. And we know that the more alcohol ads kids see, the more likely they are to drink.

Selling out our city’s youth and compromising public health puts Metro on the wrong track.

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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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