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CSPI Report Card Flunks Food CompaniesCSPI Report Card Flunks Food Companies

March 10, 2010

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CSPI Report Card Flunks Food Companies

WASHINGTONThe Center for Science in the Public Interests report card rating 128 companies policies with regard to food marketing aimed at children gave 75 percent of the companies an F for having weak policies or for failing to have any policies.

CSPI's highest grade, a B+, went to Mars, Inc., though the group emphasized that the grade is not for the foods Mars sells, but rather for its policy on marketing to children. Mars' policy excludes marketing to children under 12 and covers most of the key marketing tactics used to reach children.

One food company (Procter & Gamble, which makes Pringles) received a B, six got a B-, 17 got a C, and 7 a D. Ninety-five companies received an F.

"Despite the industry's self-regulatory system, the vast majority of food and entertainment companies have no protections in place for children," said CSPI nutrition policy director Margo G. Wootan. "If companies were marketing bananas and broccoli, we wouldnt be concerned. But instead, most of the marketing is for sugary cereals, fast food, snack foods, and candy. And this junk food marketing is a major contributor to childhood obesity."

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