The food industry often uses health claims to promote its products to consumers, including parents seeking nutritious options for their children. Parents and children in low-income and racial/ethnic minority households at greatest risk for childhood obesity are disproportionately exposed to these claims through advertising. Regulators can pursue deceptive and/or unfair health claims, but these actions require a better understanding of prior efforts in this area, including which types of claims have been targeted. Accordingly, the aims of this study are to: 1) conduct a comprehensive legal review of health claims on foods marketed to children that have been the subject of state, federal, or private litigation or governmental regulation, and 2) develop a legal toolkit for federal and state policy-makers and regulators interested in pursuing deceptive and/or unfair health claims on foods marketed to children, based on the findings from Aim 1.
Developing a Legal Review and Toolkit for Reviewing the Health Claims for Food Marketed to Children and Their Families
Deceptive health claims on foods and beverages are prohibited by law, and may be addressed through litigation or government regulatory efforts. This article analyzes legal actions against potentially deceptive health claims and presents recommendations for those interested in pursuing legal approaches. Researchers identified and reviewed 115 health claims on foods … More
The advertising of foods and beverages with low nutritional value has been identified as a contributor to rising obesity rates among children. Food and beverage manufacturers often use health claims to promote their products to consumers, including parents seeking nutritious options for their children. While health claims may take varied … More
Retailers and other organizations currently use a variety of nutrition standards and recommendations to guide consumers towards healthier, “Better for You”, options. This variety can be confusing to consumers. Healthy Eating Research convened a scientific advisory committee to review existing “Better-For-You” nutrition standards, and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. The … More