Call to revise EU media law to ban junk food ads to children

The European Heart Network is calling on the Commission to revise the EU’s audiovisual media services directive to introduce a ban on the advertising and marketing of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children based on the new World Health Organisation Europe nutrient profile model (see separate story).

Advertising, Children and Young People, Restrictions & Rules

WHO nutrient profiles aim to restrict advertising of junk to children

The World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for Europe has released a nutrient profile model for use in restricting the marketing of foods high in fat, sugar and salt to children.

Advertising, Children and Young People, Restrictions & Rules

MEPs split over alcohol labelling, advertising and pricing

A discussion on a motion for a European Parliament resolution calling for an EU alcohol strategy last week showed MEPs to be divided on the key issues of labelling, advertising and the minimum unit pricing, with splits broadly along political group lines, and some opposing the call for a strategy itself.

Labelling, Health and Nutrition, Advertising, Restrictions & Rules, Policy, Health, Trade, Pricing

Pressure grows in UK for ban on junk food adverts before 9pm

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has stepped up the pressure for a ban on the advertising of foods high in salt, fat and sugar before 9pm. The foundation is just one of a number of influential voices calling for a 9pm “watershed”. The UK Labour Party, currently in opposition, has also said it would introduce a junk food ban before 9pm if it gets elected in May. However, the ISBA, a body representing British advertisers is fighting the policy proposals.

Advertising, Children and Young People, Restrictions & Rules, UK

LRF Dairy Sweden’s call for a temporary ban on Oatly's oat milk drink marketing due to its “dubious advertising claims” in Sweden has been turned down by the Swedish Market Court

A ban on the showing of junk food adverts before 9pm will not tackle the obesity problem, according to the ISBA, an association which represents British advertisers. The association was responding to leaked reports which claim the UK Labour Party, if it wins the next General Election on 7 May, will curb the advertising of food and drink high in salt, fat and sugar to protect children who watch family-orientated programmes into the evening.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said its ruling on Mondelez and the company’s payment of video bloggers (vloggers) to promote Oreo biscuits serves as  “a timely reminder” about being honest in advertising.

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 UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) will be holding a seminar on September 30th 2014 to hear the latest interpretations on the rules on advertising food and soft drinks.

The controversy surrounding restrictions on food and beverage publicity targeting children came to a head during the first week of April with the publication of Resolution 163, which brands it as abusive.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has given a 14 May deadline for comments on a draft code of conduct for the use of four terms in food marketing, namely ‘Artisan/Artisanal’, ‘Farmhouse’, ‘Traditional’ and ‘Natural.’

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.