The following is a sign-on letter to the Federal Trade Commission reminding the agency that Congress directed the agency to report on the marketing activities and expenditures of the food industry targeted toward children and adolescents by June 29, 2023. Particularly, Congress directed the FTC to investigate food marketing expenditures related to food and beverage marketing targeting children and adolescents of color, digital food and beverage marketing and data practices targeting children and adolescents, and food and beverage advertising on educational technology platforms.
160 organizations, includingmembers of the newly formed Federal Good Food Purchasing Coalition, sent this letter to President Biden urging the administration to fulfill that commitment and issuing an Executive Order requiring all federal agencies to implement the updated food service guidelines as well as a plan for values-aligned food purchasing across federal agencies.
The Food Labeling Modernization Act (FLMA) (H.R.2901/S.1289), introduced by Representative Frank Pallone and Senator Richard Blumenthal, along with Representative Rosa DeLauro and Senators Cory Booker, Ben Cardin, Ed Markey, and Sheldon Whitehouse, would increase transparency, encourage healthier product formulations, counter misleading food claims, and promote informed choices.
CSPI writes on behalf of a broad group of public interest organizations to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop regulations for laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) in the event that legislation to regulate such tests does not progress in Congress.