Tough New Food Advertising Rules

The Wall Street Journal for Friday, April 29, 2011 reads:

The Obama administration is asking food makers to sharply limit any advertising to children and teens of foods high in sodium, saturated fat and added sugars, in an effort to curb obesity.

Under the guidelines, foods marketed toward children ages 2 to 17 would have to provide “meaningful contribution” to a healthful diet by containing a certain amount of healthy items such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats or beans.

Next, the Obama administration needs to restrict food stamp purchases to healthier items than recipients are presently choosing.

This year’s federal budget includes $85.2 billion for food stamps. At least 50% of it is wasted on the kinds of foods the Obama administration is condemning. And solving this problem is directly within the control of Congress and the administration. At least $42.6 billion is wasted!!


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