Advertising of alcoholic beverages, specifically wines and spirits, in Portugal is now subject to new restrictions following the introduction of fresh limitations, such as a ban on the use of under-age (younger than 21) protagonists and the use of public figures (real or fictitious) with notoriety among the under-age population.
The setback handed to consumer advocates by Brazil’s First Regional Federal Court strikes down restrictions on advertisement of food and beverage products high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar put into place by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa).
Proponents of the food industry’s Alliance for a Healthy Life, which is a system for self-regulating publicity, have denounced proposed changes to the General Health Law that would position federal agencies to usurp control over foods and beverages deemed harmful to public health.
The European Parliament has backed a demand that the Commission look at the need for EU rules restricting advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt to children.
Brazil’s once fragmented campaign against misleading food labelling shows signs of coalescing this year as likeminded NGOs and public agencies combine forces under the banner of the Front for the Regulation of Food Publicity.
Iceland is planning to amend a 1998 law to tighten up existing restrictions on the advertising of alcoholic beverages.
A TV advert for Old El Paso Crispy Chicken Fajita dinner kit, has been ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), following complaints from viewers who were unclear as to what exactly was included in the product.
A TV advert for Tesco’s sausages has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority, after complaints that it misleadingly implied the meat used came from pigs that were bred and reared outdoors.
Belgium is planning to delete a series of restrictions on the use of health claims in advertising from its national law as they have been rendered obselete by EU legislation.
According to EU ambassador János Herman, the prohibition of alcohol advertising on Norwegian TV screens will not be stopped by the EU.
The European Commission has now put Norwegian protests to rest, and has ruled that Norway may no longer continue to ban alcohol advertising on TV broadcasts from abroad.