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U.S. NAFTA Negotiators Want To Limit Ability To Mandate Junk Food Warning Labels

March 20, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
According to confidential documents obtained by The New York Times, the Trump administration – spurred on by U.S. food and soft drink manufacturers – is using trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico to limit governmental power to mandate food labels that warn of the dangers of eating junk food. U.S. trade negotiators want to bar the use of any warning symbol, shape or color that "inappropriately denotes that a hazard exists from consumption of the food or non-alcoholic beverages." Health officials and advocates are concerned that eliminating such warnings would harm international efforts to contain the growing obesity crisis.
AZAM AHMED, MATT RICHTEL and ANDREW JACOBS, "In Nafta Talks, U.S. Tries to Limit Junk Food Warning Labels", The New York Times, March 20, 2018, © The New York Times
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