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Delay of Nutrition Facts Label a Blow to Public Health

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Delay of Nutrition Facts Label a Blow to Public Health

The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to cave in to food industry demands and delay the deadline for companies to update their Nutrition Facts labels harms the public’s health, denies consumers vital information, and creates an unfair and confusing marketplace as many companies have gone ahead with the labels anyway. The FDA, which published the final rule for Nutrition Facts updates in May 2016, has now delayed the deadline to use the new labels from July 2018 to January 2020 for large companies. It has further delayed compliance for small companies from July 2019 to January 2021, and they account for a whopping 90 percent of the industry.


By CSPI, USA,


Health Policy Resource.

Smoking

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Smoking. Christian Bantle and John P. Haisken-DeNew investigate the intergenerational transmission of smoking behaviour from parents to their children. They found strong evidence that parental smoking significantly increases the probability that their children likewise become smokers. Youths living in families with both parents smoking are 3.3 times more likely to smoke themselves, while a smoking father raises the probability a factor of 2.8 and a smoking mother by 2.1. They conclude that policies targeted at reducing juvenile smoking may fail, if parents' behaviour is not taken into account. "Smoke Signals: The Intergenerational Transmission of Smoking Behaviour" is published by DIW-Berlin.

 

By DIW-Berlin, Germany.

Health Policy Resource.