Ask the Food Industry to Abide By Food Marketing Principles
  • Petitioned Tom Vilsack

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Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tom Vilsack
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Jon D. Leibowitz
Commissioner, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)
Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.
President of the United States

Ask the Food Industry to Abide By Food Marketing Principles

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In 2009, Congress directed several federal agencies to form the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Food Marketed to Children to develop voluntary principles for companies that market food to kids. The IWG responded by proposing a strong set of voluntary principles.

Unfortunately, many food industry and media companies don’t want to follow the IWG recommendations. Instead, 17 major food and beverage companies that are part of the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative unveiled their own guidelines for marketing to kids — guidelines that are much weaker than those put forth by the IWG. Some of these companies have also mounted a major public relations campaign against the government-proposed principles.

With the help of advocates like you, more than 28,000 parents, health organizations, and others submitted comments supporting the proposed IWG guidelines.

Because the federal government’s proposed guidelines are facing significant pressure from the food and entertainment industries, we need your help again.

Please write today to President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the agencies that are part of the IWG to encourage the Administration to finalize and release a strong set of voluntary food marketing guidelines as Congress requested.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why "ask" the food industry to do this, when the large producers and marketers, like all other large corporations, only care about the money. I isuggest that just like there is a "carbon tax" for polluting industries, where the polluting industries can buy "carbon tax credits," there should be a fat tax for those corporations that aggressively market their poisonous products to children. Then, there could be a cancer tax for the tobacco companies. And, a drug tax for the aggressive medication marketers, etc. etc. etc...

      And, let's tax these pandering poison profiteers enough so that they stop their poisonous practices!


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