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Red PaPaz, an NGO representing families, launched an audiovisual campaign called “Enough! Don’t swallow any more lies, nor your children – Let’s take advertising out of children’s world” to call for restriction on ...

The Labour party revealed that, if elected, it would propose a new strategy to tackle childhood obesity. As part of the strategy, ads of unhealthy products would be banned from all TV shows broadcast before the 21:00 watershed. According to Labour, ...

The Food Foundation published the first Food Environment Policy Index (Food EPI) which identifies stricter rules for unhealthy food and drink advertising to children as the top priority action for the government. Advertising of unhealthy food and dri...

According to a YouGov poll published today by Cancer Research UK, 74% of adults support a ban on ‘junk food’ advertising before 9pm, compared to 55% backing a tax on drinks with added sugar. The poll carried out online on 25 an...

Last week, researchers from the NGO “Food Foundation” released a first report in which they call for a watershed ban on TV advertising for food high in fat, sugar and salt (‘HFSS’) before 9pm, as well as restrictions on n...

Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford has called for a watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on television before 9pm. Similar appeals were made by the Scottish Public Health Minister Maureen Watt earlier this mo...

Scottish Public Health Minister, Maureen Watt, renewed calls for a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV (see AEF Alert 09/03/2015). The appeal follows a new Ipsos-Mori report, which revealed the exten...

On 7 October, the British Heart Foundation reiterated its call for a 9pm watershed ban on ‘unhealthy’ food advertising as it released the results of a new parents’ survey on food marketing to children. A poll of 1000 parents shows ...

On 3 June, the Irish Heart Foundation and Social Justice Ireland called on the government to introduce a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV and to regulate other media channels such as the internet,...

On 21 April, centrist party Fianna Fáil launched its health policy manifesto ahead of the next general elections, in which it commits to banning the advertising of ‘HFSS’ food and beverage products before 9pm on TV. &ldq...

On 15 April, Dr Sally Norton, founder of Vavista and leading UK weight-loss consultant, came out in support of the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) initiative to ban TV advertising of unhealthy food products before 9pm. “Reducing TV advertising...

On 26 March, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) released the results of a poll of 2000 parents in the UK which found that 69% feel the government should introduce stricter regulations to better control how “junk food” is advertised to chi...

Scottish Public Health Minister Maureen Watt and the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland have called for a watershed ban on “junk” food and alcohol advertising before 9pm. Mrs Watt wrote to UK government ministers arguing that ...

A survey of 2118 adults in the UK carried out by polling consultancy ComRes found that 64% of people want a ban on TV adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt before 9pm. The survey, commissioned by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child He...

On 20 January, four health groups in Australia called on Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley to develop a comprehensive national obesity prevention strategy, including the following elements: Opposing the marketing of HFSS products to children on s...

According to trade press reports, the Labour party is planning to impose a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt if it wins the general election on 7 May 2015. The restrictions are expected to be one of the main pl...

A report entitled: “Careless eating costs lives” published by the think-tank 2020health on 12 October calls on the British government to extend the ban on “unhealthy foods” advertising aimed at children to daytime television, ...

In a policy paper released on 1 September, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Policy Group on Obesity calls on the government to impose a 9pm watershed ban on the advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) on TV, as well ...

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...

On 15 July, the Mexican Health Ministry issued a press release announcing the entry into force of regulations restricting food advertising to children. The regulations restrict the advertising of food products which do not meet nutrition criteria, la...

On 21 March, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) launched a new campaign calling on the UK Government to “close down loopholes that allow adverts for unhealthy food and drinks on TV before 9pm.” The campaign is backed by new research from ...

An article published in the European Law Review (“Time to Seize the (Red) Bull by the Horns: The European Union’s Failure to Protect Children from Alcohol and Unhealthy Food Marketing”) criticizes heavily the EU legislative framewor...

On 18 February, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges released 10 recommendations for tackling obesity, including a ban on advertising of foods high in saturated fats, sugar and salt before 9pm on television and on internet ‘on-demand’ se...

On 18 December, the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo adopted two proposals restricting food advertising to children and prohibiting giveaways with 'HFSS' food. One of the proposals was presented by Alex Manente (PPS, Socialist Party) and see...

A group of Duma representatives from the Social Democratic party “Just Russia” (which holds 64 of the 450 seats in the State Duma) are in the process of drafting amendments to the federal law “On Advertising” to propose a ban ...

On 4 September, the President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hilary Cass, called on regulators to introduce a 9pm watershed ban on “junk food” advertising. Dr Cass told British media that existing regulations ar...

Several committees of the Peruvian Congress approved in a joint session a bill prohibiting advertising of “unhealthy food and beverages” during “family protection viewing hours”. The bill will be presented to the Congress for ...

A study entitled “Eat at your own risk” carried by India’s Center for Science and Environment (CSE) calls on the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to take action against “unhealthy” food advertising ta...

On 17 March, Scottish Government Public Health Minister Michael Matheson called for a TV  advertising watershed for foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS foods), and wrote to UK Health Secretary Andrew Lansley asking him if he would suppo...

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...

NGO Children's Food Campaign (CFC) claims in a report published on 7 September that the Government's Public Health Responsibility Deal launched in March 2011 is ineffective and largely ignored by many big food companies. The report, entitled The Irr...

In a report entitled “Soft Drink, Hard Sell”, published on 29 August, the Children’s Food Campaign surveyed marketing campaigns of selected soft drinks and compared the products’ content with their marketing claims/packaging. ...

On 10 May, Nick McKim, the Consumer Protection Minister of the Australian State of Tasmania, commissioned the State’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading to investigate options for the regulation of food advertising in Tasmania. The pl...

On 9 May, the Australian Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC), along with other NGOs* called on Australian State and territory governments to adopt legislation restricting all forms of advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and beverages to children. ...

On 3 March, the Australian Senate defeated at second reading Bill n° 2010 introduced by Greens Leader Bob Brown aiming to restrict the advertising of “unhealthy food and beverages” on TV between 6.30 am and 9.30 pm. The draft bill en...