Today, global health advocacy groups are calling for Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to adopt and enforce a policy of not marketing sugar drinks to children aged 16 and under.
The letter — drafted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) — is also signed by:
- ACT+ (Alliance for the Control of Tobacco Use and Health Promotion, Brazil)
- Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria (Nutritional Health Alliance, Mexico)
- Australia & New Zealand Obesity Society
- Centre for Science and Environment
- Coalición Latinoamérica Saludable (Healthy Latin America Coalition)
- Consumers International
- Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor (Brazilian Consumer Defense Institute)
- InterAmerican Heart Foundation
- International Baby Food Action Network
- El Poder del Consumidor (Consumer Power, Mexico)
- World Obesity Federation
- World Public Health Nutrition Association
“The groups writing to Coke and Pepsi today are also urging the companies to reduce container sizes, include warning notices about adverse health effects on soda containers, reduce the calorie content of beverages to no more than 40 calories per 12 ounces, and stop fighting public health measures aimed at reducing soda consumption, such as taxes, warning labels, or marketing restrictions.”
Disappointingly, while multiple respected global public health groups decry the soda industry’s predatory marketing, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics continues with its Pepsico “premier sponsorship”, even after the release of supposedly more stringent sponsorship guidelines.