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UK: Junk food marketing Bill blocked

A Bill to stop all marketing of junk food to children had its second reading in the British Parliament on 25 April.

The Food Product (Marketing to Children) Bill aims to introduce a ban on junk food advertising on TV before 9:00 pm. (This goes further than the current ban as it would include programmes popular with children during the early evenings.) The Bill also intends to protect children from other methods of marketing unhealthy food.

The Bill was blocked by opposition MPs and ran out of time before being put to the vote. It now stands little chance of progressing.

Read more: BBC, 25 April 2008

Read the Bill on the UK Parliament website.

House of Commons Weekly Information Bulletin for 14 June reports that the Bill was dropped on 6 June.

Published on April 21, 2008 in International news