Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | July 14, 2009

Kentucky environmental attorneys supports efforts to end Bush-era gag rule at USDA preventing criticism of unhealthy food products.

Bush-era rules at the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibit states from using federal nutrition education funds for discouraging soda consumption, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging Secretary Tom Vilsack to reverse them.

The Bush Administration’s policy was adopted shortly after the soft drink industry complained to state officials running campaigns that urged consumers to cut back on soft drinks, according to CSPI, and is out of sync with the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

The policy has its roots in a 2003 USDA memorandum prohibiting the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds for disparaging or criticizing any food, issued after the state of Maine ran an ad campaign encouraging people to cut back on soda. In March 2009, the USDA restated the gag rule in a guidance document for state health officials.

It is time to get the USDA back into the regulatory loop and OUT of the pockets of the food and drink industry.  Hello Obama??

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