Submission Number: 07886
Received: 7/14/2011 4:51:02 PM
Commenter: Thomas Helmick
State: New York
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts; Project No. P094513
Attachments: No Attachments
I urge the working group to consider stringent restrictions on food marketing to children. Please stop and ask yourselves, which side of history would you like to be on? I reference the tobacco industry's marketing to teens and younger populations when it was quite apparent but not "conclusive" that smoking was a killer. Adults are confused by the conflicting nutritional claims food products claim, how can children be expected to expected to make reasonable choices or recommendations to their parents? Many products that claim to be healthy or even those who technically have some whole grain are actually devoid of reasonable amounts of dietary fiber and are still high in sugar, or sugar substitutes such as apple juice.
Our children are tomorrow's students, soldiers and workers. If you think any economic damage the food industry claims would occur with these requirements are actually true, consider the costs on this nation's development at a critical time of world competition. We know nutritious food enables cognitive development, promotes learning, and is preventative medicine against chronic diseases. I urge you take our children and our nation's future into question when you make your final decision.