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The Spanish Society for Epidemiology sent a report to the Ministry of Health and to the Committee for Public Health of the Spanish Congress asking to restrict advertising and marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) to children and adolescents in...

The Chilean president Michelle Bachelet presented the first results following a year of application of Chile’s new law on advertising and labelling of food high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS). Infractions to the ban on advertising of HFSS produc...

An expert panel set up by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an autonomous unit of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, recommends introducing a ban on advertising of products high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) on childre...

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...

A draft bill was introduced in the Senate to prohibit the selling and marketing of energy drinks to minors. Put forward by Eugenio Tuma, a left-wing Senator from the opposition, the bill is supported by two other senators from the ruling party and fr...

The National Consumers Association of Chile (Sernac) has filed a formal complaint against Nestlé, Kellogg’s and Mars for keeping marketing directed at children under 14 years old on their products’ packaging with high content of un...

The Economic Committee of the Costa Rican Parliament approved a draft law prohibiting the production, import, sales, distribution, marketing and advertising of warlike toys. Selling warlike or violent videogames to minors will also be prohibited. The...

A study by the University of Otago published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies found that parents support a ban on TV advertising to pre-school children. The authors surveyed more than 2000 parents about their lifestyle and attit...

As part of a new campaign to raise awareness about the impact of HFSS food advertising on rising children obesity, the Inter-American Heart Foundation Argentina (IHF-Argentina) released a study on the food and beverage advertising situation in Argent...

On 29 July, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) released a report in which it claims that the food industry is "derailing effective sugar regulation in the EU", including through fighting off restrictions on the promotion of high-sugar food to ch...

A group of global and national public health NGOs led by the US-based Center for Science in the Public Interest sent an open letter to the CEOs of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo and their investors urging them to “begin exercising their corporate respon...

A new Senate report on Canada's obesity crisis calls for a federal ban on food and drink advertising aimed at children inspired by the rules in place in the Quebec province, as well as a tax on sugary drinks. The report titled Obesity in Canada...

Researcher Frans Folkvord from Radboud University calls for strong regulation of food and beverage marketing to children following several years of research into the links between food advertising and children food intake behaviour. Over one thousan...

Earlier this month, the Lower House of the Congress in Bolivia moved forward with a proposal on advertising and labelling restrictions. The proposal is part of a package put forward by President Morales in July 2015. The proposal is based on nu...

Canada’s main opposition party NPD (New Democratic Party) has committed to introducing a national ban on food and beverage advertising aimed at children under 13 - similar to that in Québec – if it wins the next general elections i...

In an academic article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on 27 August, researchers found that among federal policy options available, a policy banning fast food advertising to children under 12 would have the least impact on re...

On 26 July, at a workshop on “Controlling marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages and unhealthy foods to children”, Dr Isimeli Tukana, national adviser for non-communicable diseases to the Ministry of Health, called for food advertising re...

A bill recently introduced in the Argentinian Senate seeks to heavily restrict advertising to children on TV. The text was introduced by Senator José María Roldan, a member of the opposition, and aims to amend the law 26.522 (ley de Ser...

In a new report, Cancer Council New South Wales (NSW) urges the Government to introduce tougher regulations on food marketing to children, following the results of a survey which found that almost three quarters of parents support a ban on “jun...

A coalition composed of 45 stakeholders (NGOs, Public bodies, Universities…) have signed a motion in support of CONANDA’s resolution suggesting a ban on advertising to children (see AEf Alert 17/04/2014). The motion reiterates...

On 4 April a controversial resolution adopted by the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CONANDA) - an official body composed of members of the federal government and civil society organisations – was published in the O...

In an academic study to be published in the Journal “Obesity reviews”, Otago Wellington researchers urge governments to ban “junk food” advertising to children under 16 years old in order to fight increasing rates of childhood...

The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corporation advertises its highly caffeinated drinks to children. SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera had previously filed a l...

Payday lenders should be banned from advertising during children's TV programmes and on children’s TV channels, MPs of the innovation and skills committee have said in a report released on 17 December. A recent report by broadcast regulator Of...

A motion put forward last week (see AEf Alert) calling for all advertising targeted at children of primary school age or under to be banned has been passed at the Green Party at the Green Party’s Conference.  Under the Green Party’s...

The Mexican Alliance for Food Safety (Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria) released on 22 August the results of a national survey on obesity. The survey covers various topics including questions on the sale of HFSS food in schools, advertising to childr...

The Green Party will debate a motion at a conference calling for a full ban on all advertising to children of primary school age and younger. The proposal comes from two members of the party and candidates for the 2014 European elections, Jonathan K...

On 12 August, NGO Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria released a document entitled “Policies to prevent obesity in the Federal District” in which it calls for a ban on ‘unhealthy’ food advertising to children among a series of 10...

On 17 June, a group of European public health community organisations* sent a letter to Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, lending their support to the draft WHO Europe Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2014-2020 which highlights the fai...

A group of French Senators members of the Green party “Europe Ecologie Les Verts” (EELV) has put forward a proposal to protect children and teens – defined as minors under 12 – from the effects of TV advertising. They claim th...

On 13 May, MP Jon Cruddas, who is leading the Labour Party’s ongoing policy review in view of the next elections, said that his party would consider banning advertising to children under 12 years old, similar to that in Sweden. The announcemen...

In the context of discussions on the revision of the Consumer Protection Code, a public hearing on advertising to children was held on 29 April. The hearing was organized by the Special Committee on the Modernization of the Consumer Protection Code ...

On 11 April, health promotion organisation Obesity Australia launched a five-point Action Agenda for the Federal Government to immediately address the country's obesity epidemic. The Plan includes a proposal to ban television advertising of ‘fa...

A letter signed by over 50 childcare experts (academics, authors, MPs and charity leaders) and published in the Daily Telegraph on 11 April calls for an outright ban on advertising aimed at children under 11 years old on TV, magazines and websites or...

An article entitled “Restricting marketing to children: Consensus on policy interventions to address obesity” and published in the Journal of Public Health Policy recommends a national regulatory system prohibiting commercial marketing of...

In a comprehensive report released on 4 March entitled “No Time to Wait: The Healthy Kids Strategy”, a panel set up by the Ontario government recommends to ban the marketing of ‘high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, beverages and snacks...

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 EU-funded “EATWELL project” released on 8 November found that 60% of respondents to a survey carried among over 3000 EU citizens favour a ban on advertising “junk food” aimed at children. The EATWELL research was carried ...

An academic study published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia found strong support among Australian adults for a food advertising ban of “unhealthy food” to children and for restricting the use of toy giveaways with such p...

On 14 October, during a running competition entitled ‘Junk the junk food’ attended by over 400 school and college students, Sunita Narain, Director of NGO the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), one of the organisers of the eve...

On 12 of October, the Mexican NGO Nutritional Health Alliance released a Manifesto on Food Safety urging the government to ban advertising to children. The Manifesto calls for a ban on “advertising and (the) promotion of foods a...

A study by academics from the Seoul National University and published in the Journal “Health Promotion International” found that restrictions on energy-dense and nutrient-poor (EDNP) food may be successful in reducing child...

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...

On 18 September, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted in its plenary session a non-binding opinion on “Advertising for young people and children”. The opinion, put together by EESC Member Jorge Pegado Liz, was adopted...

The ACT Greens have announced a $5 million plan to tackle childhood obesity ahead of next month's election for the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly (ACT). If successful in next month’s elections for the country’s smallest...

A coalition of doctors, dentists, children's charities and consumer groups has urged the organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to ban sponsorship and advertising from fast-food and sugary drinks companies. The Children's Food Campaign, b...

A press release published on 24 July in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology by the European Society of Cardiologists (ESC) argues that measures including a marketing ban of “junk food” could reduce unnecessary deaths from cardio...

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 26 June, Members of the Parliaments of Latin American countries, represented in the Parlatino - the regional Parliament for Latin America - agreed to elaborate a “framework law” to harmonise regulation on the advertising of foods high ...

In May 2012, the Journal Appetite published an article online which claims that food promotions have a direct effect on children’s nutrition knowledge, preferences, purchase behaviour, consumption patterns and diet-related health, and calls for...

On 6 June, MP Peter Julian, a Member of the opposition (New Democratic Party) in the House of Commons, representing the a federal electoral district in British Columbia, introduced Bill C-430 which calls for a national ban on advertising directly tar...

“Peruvian television channels emit almost 20 thousand ads for junk food per year. Children and adolescents are the most vulnerable target to the promotional messages of these commercials”, says nephrologist Enrique Pérez Pozo. The ...

A study published online by the Public Health Nutrition Journal entitled “Views of children and parents on limiting unhealthy food, drink and alcohol sponsorship of elite and children’s sports” found that 75% of parents were in favo...

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:...

According to a poll released in June 2012 by the Australian National University on attitudes to food security, 77% of Australians support a ban on “junk” food advertising in children’s television and 18% are in favour of a total ban...

On 7 June, Green Senator for Victoria Richard Di Natale applauded Disney’s move to ban “junk food” advertising on its TV network and urged the Australian government to follow the same path: “If Mickey can do it, the Australian...

An inquiry ordered by the Prime Minister into last summer's UK riots demands action against aggressive advertising aimed at young people, citing evidence that rampant materialism was an underlying cause of last year's lawlessness. The panel calls for...

On 14 February, left-wing Peruvian Congressman Jaime Delgado Zegarra (NGP), Chairman of the Committee on Consumer Protection, blamed “unhealthy” food advertising for growing levels of obesity among children and warned over the negative ef...

On 15 February, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Irish Broadcasting Authority (BAI) announced that the BAI has not proposed a ban on the advertising on any food or drink prior to 9pm, despite claims made by Fine Gael parliamentary party...

On 8 March, Nick Goiran, member of the Western Australian Upper House (the Legislative Council), called on the Parliament to launch and inquiry into the premature sexualisation of children and called for a ban of child-inappropriate outdoor advertisi...

In a new report entitled “Buying Children – How the food industry tempts children into wrong eating habits, misleads parents and denies responsibility”, published on 13 March 2012, German NGO Foodwatch criticises the nutritional com...

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...

A report released on 6 March by Olivier De Schutter, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, recommends a ban on foods high in saturated fats, trans-fatty acids, sodium and sugar (HFSS foods) since self-regulatory initiatives do not effectively p...

A study published in the Journal of Marketing Research suggests that advertising bans can be effective provided media markets do not overlap. The findings are based on research carried out on households in Québec following the 1978 law which ...

An article entitled: “The causes of childhood obesity: a survey” and published online on 12 January by the Journal of Economic Surveys, found that food advertising targeting children: “seems to have an influence on children's food c...

In an interview with Peruvian daily newspaper El Comercio, the Deputy Minister for Health, Enrique Jacoby, called for legislation to control children’s food and beverage advertising. This move follows a proposal for a “junk food tax&rdquo...

On 17 October, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted a draft report on “a new strategy for Consumer Policy”, with 23 votes in favour, 0 against and 10 abstentions. A paragraph calling fo...

On 13 October, the Irish Heart Foundation, Children’s Right’s Alliance and the National Youth Council of Ireland, disclosed findings revealing that 55% of Irish parents support a ban on advertising “unhealthy” foods to childre...

On 13 September, the British media published a leaked document drafted by a government official proposing, among other things, to:  “work towards a proper ban on advertising to children using the example of other countries that have done t...

On 12 September, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said his Government was looking to ban “junk” food advertising to children, with a view to curbing the rise of childhood obesity. The announcement was made during a Nat...

On 12 September, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said his Government was looking to ban “junk” food advertising to children, with a view to curbing the rise of childhood obesity. The announcement was made during a Nat...

On 14 September, UNICEF UK called on the UK Government to follow Sweden's example and ban advertisements being shown before, during or after programmes aimed at under-12s. This request comes following the release of a UNICEF UK report entitled: &ldq...

Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced on 28 August having asked Australia’s new preventative health agency to "review recent monitoring of food advertising-related evidence and reports". "The (agency) will engage with industry and other partne...

On 25 August, KFC Australia announced in a press release that it will no longer offer toys in its children’s meals in all 600 stores across the country. Zac Rich, KFC Corporate Affairs Manager, said the initiative was in continuity with the co...

Speaking at an iftar dinner in Istanbul, Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) President Davut Dursun said on 21 August that RTÜK will soon be announcing some changes to its guidelines for broadcast material, including restrictions on...

An article posted online by the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity analysed food advertising on television channels popular with children throughout 2008 and found that despite regulation by the Office of Communication (OFCOM), the British me...

On 19 July, the European Parliament (EP) published a draft report on “on a new strategy for Consumer Policy” which calls, among other things, for a “ban on TV advertising and direct advertising aimed at children under the age of 12&...

In a report on “Bevahiour Change” published on 19 July, the UK House of Lords’ Science and Technology Select Committee has criticized the government’s approach to food marketing to children and its reliance on voluntary agreem...

The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) has published a briefing paper entitled “A junk free childhood: Responsible standards for marketing foods and beverages to children”, as part of the StanMark Project, an EU fun...

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 ...

“Sufficient evidence exists to warrant a ban on junk-food advertising in children’s TV programming”, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)*. The statement, entitled “Children, Adoles...

Fiji Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma has reportedly announced that his government was at an advanced stage of reviewing laws with respect to marketing of “junk” food and sugary drinks for children aged 5-18. According to the forthcomin...

On 31 March, Rosario Marchese, a centre-left Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, introduced Bill 175, calling for a ban on advertising of “unhealthy food and drink” targeting childr...

On 11 March 2011, Member of the Indian Upper House (Rajya Sabha) B S Gnanadesikan tabled a “Special Mention” calling on the government to restrict food advertising on TV in order to tackle child obesity. Special mentions are statements m...




Unilever's chief marketing officer speaks to Jo Confino about the company's stance on responsible advertising, the power of social media to self regulate and the reasons behind its banned Lynx advert. 'Talk to your daughter before the ...