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Marketing and Labeling

Research by Topic: Food Labeling
National Agricultural Law Center
This website covers key food labeling issues including organic labels, qualified health claims, food allergens, and animal production claims.  The page contains links to the major statutes, regulations, case law, and administrative decisions concerning food safety, among other resources.

Your Right to Know: Making Sense of Food Labeling
Center for Agriculture & 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.

Environmental Claims: Summary of the Green Guides
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
This resource is a summary of the FTC’s “Green Guides” which provides consumers with information about environmental claims on labels.  The page includes information about such claims as “compostable,” “made with renewable materials,” and “recyclable,” among others.

Food Labeling: General Information and Resources
United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
This page provides a number of resources to help consumers better understand food labels, including an interactive guide to food labels and information on the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, among others.

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, case law, policy proposals and reports.

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 describing 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 the 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 are “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.