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During the presentation of a new book on “The rights of Mexican children in the face of the obesogenic environment” in the Chamber of Deputies, the Autonomous University of Mexico, the consumer association and the Centre for Research in N...

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...

On 11 August, US Bakery-cafe chain Panera announced the launch of its “Kids Meal Promise”. The scheme includes a commitment to market its food responsibly without the use of cartoon characters, "crazy colors”, toys, or toy-shaped fo...

Research published in independent media outlet Conversation claims that voluntary advertising codes regulating the marketing of fast food to children fail to protect them from “being manipulated by innovative online marketing, especially in soc...

On 27 June, the Chilean Government implemented stringent restrictions on food and beverage advertising targeting children under the age of 14, new nutrition labelling measures and a ban on the sales and advertising of ‘unhealthy’ food in ...

According to an academic study expected to be published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the featuring of of toy premiums in adverts may prompt children to request eating at fast food restaurants. Children’s exposure to those adverts is therefore ...

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...

According to media reports, Burger King will remove promotional toys from children’s menu, after stopping the televised advertising of meals targeted at children. Toys will be removed from children’s meals in all 82 of its outlets in...

Fast food commercials aimed at children are in breach of industry self-regulatory standards through their emphasis on toy premiums instead of healthy food choices, researchers from New Hampshire claim in an article published in the March edition of t...

São Paulo’s Mayor Fernando Haddad has recently vetoed a bill passed by the Municipality of São Paulo to ban toy giveaways with food. The bill, authored by Arselino Tatto, also a member of the Mayor’s centre-left Partido dos...

Last week, New York City Democrat Councilman Ben Kallos introduced draft legislation that would set nutritional standards for fast-food restaurants to offer incentives such as toys or coupons with children’s meals. It would also ban restaurants...

Healthy Eating Research, a programme of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released an issue brief exploring the marketing of children’s meals using toys and made some recommendations. The brief “Food Marketing: Using Toys to M...

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...

Pending before the Municipality of São Paulo since 2009, a bill which aims to prohibit the selling of food with toys in the state capital of Sao Paulo was approved on Wednesday 2 July. The bill, authored by Arselino Tatto, a member of the cent...

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...

An academic study released on 28 August entitled "How Television Fast-Food Marketing Aimed at Children Compares with Adult Advertisements" finds that Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) do not respect their commitments to the Children’s Food a...

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...

In a study entitled “Investigating the obesogenic effects of marketing snacks with toys: an experimental study in Latin America”, the behaviour of 600 children aged 3-10 was analysed to determine the influence of toys packaged with food o...

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...

On 22 April, Consumer protection agency of the state government of São Paulo (PROCON) upheld a 3.2 million reais (€1.2 million) fine to McDonald's for targeting children through advertising and toy giveaways as part of a 2010 campaig...

On 19 March the Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckim, has rejected the outstanding proposal adopted by the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo to restrict food advertising to children and prohibiting giveaways with 'HFSS' food (PL 1096/2...

On 29 January the Governor of São Paulo, Geraldo Alckim, has rejected one of the two proposals adopted by the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo to restrict food advertising to children and prohibiting giveaways with 'HFSS' food. The Pr...

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...

On 27 November, the Singaporean Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) jointly launched a public consultation to strengthen standards for the advertising of food and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children, as ...

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 2 October, the Food and Drug Administration announced it was currently drafting an amendment to the Act Governing Food Sanitation which would restrict advertising for food potentially leading to chronic diseases or inappropriate for children&rsquo...

Children are more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare, a study has found. Canadian researchers set out to see which meal option children aged six...

On 1 August, Chilean Senator Giudo Girardi, member of the Center-left Party for Democracy (PPD) announced during a press conference having filed a formal complaint with the Health Ministry against food companies failing to comply with a new law banni...

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...

A study recently released by the German Green Party in cooperation with the Potsdam Clinic for Children and Adolescent Medicine found that among 43 non-alcoholic products promoted across Germany using Euro 2012 images, 90% targeted children directly....

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:...

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 ...

On 4 April, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against McDonald’s which aimed to prohibit the use of toy giveaways in “Happy Meals” marketed directly to children.  Court documents did not detail the legal reasoning of Superior...

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...

A poll of 1,015 UK parents released on 7 March found that 65% of parents would be in favour of a ban on TV advertising for products that are high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) before 9pm, regardless of whether the programming is intended for children ...

On 24 October, Mauro Savi, a local deputy from the Brazilian western state of Mato Grosso, introduced a proposal to ban toy giveaways with “fast food” meals high in calories and with low nutritional value in order to prevent childhood obe...

On 1 September Brazil’s first-ever proposal to ban toy giveaways with restaurant meals has definitely been rejected. The proposal had been adopted by the Belo Horizonte City Council on 3 June 2011 and submitted to the Mayor for approval. Follow...

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...

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 19 April, the Senate approved a report from the Joint Committee – adopted earlier by the House of Representatives – which aims, among other things, to ban advertising of food and beverages high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children...

On 6 April 2011, the Senate of Arizona approved in third reading a bill preventing any local government from imposing restrictions on giveaway toys associated with a meal in a restaurant or convenience store (see AEF Alert 18/02/11). The “prev...

On 5 April 2011, New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie announced plans to introduce legislation that would ban toys in fast food meals unless the menu meets certain nutritional requirements. The nutritional standards would require that meals have le...

On 16 February 2011, the Commerce Committee of the Arizona House voted to prevent any local government from imposing restrictions on giveaway toys associated with a meal in a restaurant or convenience store. A strike-everything amendment* to Title 4...

On 4 February, a proposal to restrict marketing practices of high-calorie childrens’ meals was presented to the Nebraska Senate’s Agriculture Committee (see AEF Alert 2 February 2011). The proposal was rejected unanimously by the eight Co...

On 1 February, Nebraska Senator Bill Avery formally introduced a draft bill in the legislative Committee for Agriculture to the State Senate that would prevent restaurants and convenience stores from promoting their least nutritious meals with media ...