Marketers Release New Kids Food Guidelines
Will require companies to reformulate a third of the products they advertise to kids
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/18/2011 1:40:33 PM
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz had signaled at a Hill hearing the week before that the new industry guidelines would be forthcoming, and gave them a shout-out at that time, saying they should be factored into whatever final recommendation comes out of interagency working group, which proposed even tougher food marketing guidelines in April. The industry response came in comments on those guidelines.
Under the new guidelines, agreed to by the 17 members of the initiative representing most of the biggest names in food marketing, "most" sweetened cereals will have to have no more than 10 grams of added sugars rather than the current 12 grams that had been the general standard. Another example is canned pastas will have to have 600 mg of sodium or less to be advertised in kids shows, rather than the current CFBAI standard of 750.
The industry guidelines also set new limits for sugars, sodium and saturated fats in juices, dairy products, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, main dishes and entrees.
The Council of Better Business Bureaus, which oversees the CFBAI, called it "a groundbreaking agreement that will change the landscape of what is advertised to kids by the nation's largest food and beverage companies."
The Center for Science in the Public Interest was not so sanguine. "[The guidelines] are a transparent attempt to undermine the stronger standards proposed by the government's Interagency Working Group," said CSPI on its Web site.
Companies that signed on to the new limits are Burger King Corp.; Cadbury Adams USA LLC; Campbell Soup Company; The Coca-Cola Company; ConAgra Foods, Inc.; The Dannon Company; General Mills, Inc.; The Hershey Company; Kellogg Company; Kraft Foods Global, Inc.; Mars, Incorporated; McDonald's USA, LLC; Nestlé USA; PepsiCo, Inc.; Post Foods, LLC; Sara Lee Corporation and Unilever United States.
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