Dem Consulting Firm "Should Be Ashamed" for Undermining Obama Administration Efforts on Protecting Kids from Junk Food Marketing


Statement of CSPI Nutrition Policy Director Margo G. Wootan

July 8, 2011

This is why Americans are fed up with Washington: Itís a city where people might spend a year or two serving a new Presidential Administration Ö until itís time to leave that Administration and actively undermine it in exchange for big bucks.

Former White House communications director Anita Dunn and her firm should be ashamed of themselves for leading the food industryís panicky efforts to quash the Obama administrationís reasonable and voluntary nutrition guidelines proposed for foods marketed to children. I hope the revolving door didnít hit her on the way out.

Far from banning the Easter bunny, as the industryís fear-mongering goes, the Interagency Working Groupóat the instruction of Congressósimply proposed a voluntary set of nutrition standards that food companies could (or could not) adopt as part of their existing self-regulatory program. These standards are voluntary, and lest anyone forget, Congress had in 1980 specifically stripped the Federal Trade Commission of its rulemaking authority to police junk food ads aimed at kids.

Weíve come to expect tantrums from the food industry when laws or binding regulations might impact the way it does business. But itís a shame the industry is using such overheated rhetoric to fight reasonable, voluntary nutrition guidelines aimed at reducing kidsí risk of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases. Perhaps itís a sign that the food industryís self-regulatory program is not all that they have made it out to be.


 

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