Voluntary Self-Regulation

Both the food and alcohol industries are engaged in a massive charade they call voluntary self-regulation. The idea is to convince policymakers and the general public that laws are not needed to restrict marketing to youth or any other form of advertising. Instead, these industries rely on a broken system of voluntary rules that they get to define, monitor, and enforce, or not. Eat Drink Politics has years of experience researching and documenting the failure of advertising self-regulation and can help you with talking points and feasible policy alternatives to this failed non-system.

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