Two consumer activist groups on Jan. 18 announced an unusual new legal approach in their campaign to stop junk-food ads on kids' television programs.They will use state consumer-protection laws to try to stop what they believe is a deceptive and unfair business practice: advertising to young children.
Some state and local governments require food makers, restaurants and grocery stores to post warnings about products containing ingredients regulators deem harmful.
Those laws are often tougher than federal Food and Drug Administration rules or cover substances not regulated by federal law. The food industry has been pressing Congress and the federal government to ban such state laws ever since California voters approved what is known as Proposition 65 in 1986. Recently, it has made some progress.
Chicken companies intend to test every chicken flock in the United States for bird flu before slaughter, an industry group said today. The National Chicken Council said companies that make up more than 90 percent of the nations production have signed up for testing and that more are expected to follow.