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Marketing and Labeling

Your Right to Know: Making Sense of Food Labeling
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School
This resource provides consumers with information necessary to make informed decisions about their food, and specifically provides information about food labels, including what information must be disclosed, what information can be voluntarily included, and what information is left out.  The page includes links to information on egg labels, meat labels, and third party certifications, among other resources.


Food Marketing
ChangeLab Solutions, Childhood Obesity Program
This website provides “a variety of resources to help advocates pursue legal and policy strategies to improve the food marketing environment.”


Research by Topic: Food Labeling
National Agricultural Law Center
This website provides links to federal statutes, regulations and case law pertaining to food labeling, among others resources.


Food Labeling: General Information and Resources
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
This website provides links to reports, guidance documents, and fact sheets related to food labeling law and policy authored by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other authorities.


Nutrition Advertising Targeting Children
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Law Program
This website highlights legal issues related to food advertising to children, and provides links to relevant regulations and case law, in addition to policy proposals and reports.


Menu Labeling
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Law Program
This website provides links to a number of resources pertaining to nutrition labeling of menu items at the point of purchase, including policy statements, reports, and federal legislation.


Food Marketing to Kids
Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law
This website provides links to a number of fact sheets and other resources describe legal and policy tools public health experts and consumer advocates can use to address “troubling trends” in food and beverage marketing to children. Examples of fact sheets available on this page include Consumer Protection: An Overview of State Laws and Enforcement (2010) and State AG Enforcement of Food Marketing Laws: A Brief History (2010).


Healthy Vending
Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law
This website provides links to a number of fact sheets and other resources describing how institutions such as schools and hospitals can adopt and implement “Healthy Vending” and “Healthy Beverage” policies.  ‘Healthy vending’ policies “refers to policies that increase the number of healthy choices in vending locations, which may include vending machines, concession stands, and other places where packaged or prepared food is sold.”


Menu Labeling
Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law
This website describes public health advocacy efforts regarding menu labeling, and provides a link to a fact sheet on the Federal Menu Labelling Law, which was a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Policy Briefs and Reports
Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
This website provides access to The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity’s reports and policy briefs pertaining to food advertising, marketing and labeling. Examples include Food Marketing and Social Media by Johanna Richardson and Jennifer L. Harris, and Trends in Television Food Advertising to Young People: 2011 Update by Cathryn Dembek, Jennifer L. Harris, and Marlene B. Schwartz.


Farmers’ Markets and CSAs on Hospital Grounds
Healthy Food in Healthcare (a nationwide initiative of Health Care Without Harm)
This resource sets out step-by-step plans for founding a farmers’ market or hosting a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at a hospital facility.