Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts, Project No. P094513
July 11, 2011 Dear Chairman Leibowitz, I am writing to express my opposition to the Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Food Marketed to Children by the Interagency Working Group (IWG), and strongly urge the withdrawal of these marketing restrictions. The 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act directed the FTC, USDA, FDA, and CDC to complete a study and provide recommendations to Congress. Instead, the IWG has proposed marketing restrictions of many healthy foods, including most soups, cereals, breads, and cheese. The IWG s standards are more restrictive than the standards for foods sold under the school lunch program, the WIC program, and contradict the Administration s own food recommendations to Americans. The IWG should withdraw its proposed food marketing restrictions. They should be looking at restricting imports from countries with food standards lower than US ones, not restricting US companies that are trying to help improve our economy. Sincerely, Aline Ramos Harvel Hispanic/American Mother of 3 children under age 9.