My open letter to Nancy Greene Raine supporting her proposed bill to amend the FDA with a historical legislation proposal that could make a lasting impact on the youth of her country. She committed to the suggestion that the Food and Drug Act should be amended, moving to make it illegal to direct advertising and marketing toward children across the country.
When laws are passed and delayed for the benefit of the food industry it sends a strong message to the public. Is the government is inadequately responding to the health problems our population faces because corporate profit is more important?
I don’t think that labelling calories of food items will solve the health crisis we’re facing but … I do think that labelling calories can help consumers make better decisions about their food based on increased knowledge for the times that they do choose to eat out.
Past FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has said “Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume … Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”
Marion Nestle, Big food, food lobby and industry involvement in policy development.