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Monday, November 30, 2015

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Center for Digital Democracy File Complaints About Youtube Kids

Complaints were filed to federal officials on Tuesday November 24, 2015 by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Center for Digital Democracy. The complaints were made to the Federal Trade Commission and urge them to take action against YouTube Kids. The complaints argue that the channel is too commercialized and is not held to the same standards as cable television. To read the full complaint, visit the Commercial Free Childhood Online.

Friday, November 13, 2015

FDA Updates Guidelines on Fortification Policy for Labels

On November 6, 2015 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a guidance on its fortification policy for adding nutrients to food. The FDA's issuance of its opinions on its fortification policy was long-awaited since its last policy was issued more than 30 years ago. Although it was amended in 1993 to conform to the Reference Daily Intakes, this is the first time since 1980 that the FDA is formally issuing new guidance on its fortification policy.

The new guidance provides advice on how to properly fortify foods. It also though cautions companies against fortifying snack foods, unsweetened carbonated beverages, low-calories and alcoholic beverages that "could mislead consumers to believe that substitution of naturally nutrient dense foods with fortified snack foods would ensure a nutritionally adequate diet."

Check out the FDA's Q+A about its fortification policy on its website.

CARU and ASRC Make an Appearance at the 37th BAA Conference

CARU attended the Brand Activation Association's (BAA, which is a division of the ANA) 37th Marketing Conference this year in Chicago. There were two days of inspiring and thought-provoking panels from senior lawyers and marketers all about promotional marketing. There were over 750 people in attendance composed of the nation's leading regulators, lawyers, marketers and technology innovators. 

Ron Urbach's Epic Annual Address

This year's conference was entitled, "Walking the Line: Between Innovation and Regulation." Panels featured heavy hitters in the industry like Loeb & Loeb's Ken Florin focusing on social and digital media, and Ronald Urbach, Chairman, of Davis & Gilbert  offering a look at the interplay of marketing and advertising to activate brands. There were two keynote addresses: one on the future Federal Trade Commission policy and enforcement by Daniel Kaufman, Deputy Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC and another called Crossing the Line: Conflicts between Creative and Legal from Sony Pictures Entertainment's George Leon and Eric Baum. Amy Mudge of Venable and Mary Engle (along with several other FTC guest appearances) discussed how to defend against actual and potential regulatory investigations. 
Jeff Greenbaum, Martin Zwerling and Leslie Fair

And the Advertising Self-Regulatory Review Council (ASRC) had a major presence as well. Rebecca Griffith (along with John Feldman at Reed Smith) spoke the first day of the conference about consumer reviews. Martin Zwerling (along with Jefrrey Greenbaum, Managing Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit; and Leslie Fair, Senior Attorney Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC) gave an in-depth review of 2015's key advertising law developments. Katie Goldstein from the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) spoke with co-moderators Allison Fitzpatrick of Davis & Gilbert and Barry Benjamin at Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, about issues pertaining to children's advertising. And Lee Peeler closed out the conference with a discussion about mobile marketing developments with Marc Roth of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.
Barry Benjamin, Katie Goldstein, Allison Fitzpatrick and Joe Sena

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Common Sense Media Releases New Report on Teen and Tween Media Consumption

Common Sense Media released The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, which examines how U.S. Teens and Tweens consume media in 2015. 

On November 4, 2015 Angela Tiffin, on behalf of CARU, attended the rollout of the new report in Washington D.C. at the Henry G. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Conference Center.  The event included a panel discussion with the report's lead author, Vicky Rideout, FCC commissioner, Mignon L. Clyburn and Dr. Ellen Wartella, Professor of Communications and Director of the Center on Media and Human Development at North Western University and long time academic advisor at CARU.  

Ellen Wartella and Angela Tiffin

The report confirmed that tweens and teens use digital media for several hours a day but varied in their preferences and patterns of use depending on age and other factors like socio-economic background.  The report showed that the more things change the more they stay the same; listening to music and watching TV is still at the top of a teen and tween's favorite thing to do --even if the way they consume their media is completely different than their parents at the same age.

Common Sense Media CEO, James Steyer

Tina Poturica attended the event in New York City, which was moderated by Kelly Wallace
CNN Digital Correspondent & Editor-at-Large at Gotham Hall. Kelly kept the conversation going with leading experts in child development, media, and policy to learn about the evolving relationships between families and technology.