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Freshmen Republican Letter Final

Freshmen Republican Letter Final

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July27,2011TheHonorableTomViisackSecretaryU.S.DepartmentofAgriculture1400IndependenceAvenue,SWWashington,DC20250TheHonorableSecretarySebeliusSecretaryU.S.DepartmentofHealthandHumanServices200IndependenceAvenue,SWWashington,D.C.20201TheHonorableJonLeibowitzChairmanFederalTradeCommission600PennsylvaniaAvenue,NWWashington,DC20580DearSecretaryVilsack,SecretarySebelius,andChairmanLeibowitz:WewritetoexpressoursignificantandimmediateconcernsoverthePreliminaryProposedNutritionPrinciplestoFoodMarketed
to
ChildrenbytheInteragencyWorkingGroup,andwestronglyurgeyoutoconsiderwithdrawingtheguidelines.Thelatestguidelines,releasedinAprilofthisyear,representanalarmingregulatoryoverreachonthepartofmembersoftheInteragencyWorkingGroup.Asyouknow,theFY2009OmnibusAppropriationsActdirectedtheUSDA,FDA,CDC,andFTCtocompleteastudyandtoproviderecommendationsintheformofareporttoCongress.Forreasonsthatremainunclear,theInteragencyWorkingGroupfailedtocompletethestudyordeliverareport,butinsteadwentaheadwithproposingwide-rangingindustrymarketingguidelines.WhiletheprinciplesputforthbytheInteragencyWorkingGroupare"voluntary,"theyarestillcauseforconcernastheyappeartobeanattempttoregulateabsentCongressionalaction.IfCongresswishedtoregulatethemarketingoffoodandbeverageproductstochildrenandteens,theywoulddoso.NotwithstandinganyactionfromCongress,andattimeofbudgetconstraintsandcompetingagencypriorities,itistroublingtolearnthatvaluableagencyresourceshavebeendivertedtoseekobjectivesfarbeyondtheintentofCongress.Moreimportantly,weareconcernedwiththecontentoftheproposedguidelinesputforthbytheInteragencyWorkingGroup.UndertheproposedNutritionPrinciples,manyhealthy
foods
couldnolongerbemarketed
to
kids
and
teens,includingtwopercentmilk,mostsoups,manycereals,manybreads,andmostcheese.Furthermore,theInteragencyWorkingGroupproposalisclearlyinconsistentotherfederalnutritionstandards.ManyofthesefoodshavelongbeenconsideredhealthyandincludedintheWICprogram.Evenmarketingforapeanutbutterandjellysandwichwouldbebannedundertheproposal,Yet,schoolcafeteriasservepeanutbutter
and
jellysandwicheseverydaythroughourNationalSchoolLunchProgram,Whilewerecognizetheneedtoaddressthegrowingtrendofchildhoodobesity,itisirresponsibletoforthasetindustryguidelinesthatignoresinherentcontradictions
 
\VeurgemembersoftheInteragencyWorkingGroup
to
completethestudythatCongressoriginallyrequested.Absentsuchastudy,
it
wouldbeirresponsible
to
continuepromotingtheInteragencyWorkingGroup'sprincipleswithoutsufficientresearchandanalysis.Forthesereasons.weurgeyou
to
considerwithdrawingthePreliminaryProposedNutritionPrinciplestoFoodMarketedtoChildrenbytheInteragencyWorkingGroup.Sincerely,ChrisGibsonMemberofCongressAdamKinzingerMemberofCongressMemberofCongress
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LouBarlettaMemberofCongressDanBenishek,M.D.MemberofCongressDianeBlackMemberofCongressMember
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