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The Food Magazine Issue 61 

April/June 2003

Food Magazine 61

Low benefit levels threaten babies' health
A new survey from The Food Commission and the Maternity Alliance shows that most pregnant teenagers are not eating an adequate diet during their pregnancy, with many reporting that they cannot afford to do so.

'Five a day' logo gets a rough ride 
The Department of Health's (DoH) long-awaited 'five a day' logo, meant to promote the consumption of fruit and vegetables, has been rejected by retailers. Many companies continue to put their own 'five a day' claims on products, despite the fact that most would not qualify under DoH nutritional criteria.

Lineker lets children down but Jamie's a star 
The latest awards from The Parents Jury. Lots more info at www.

Nestlé makes ridiculous salt claim
Cereal manufacturer Nestlé states in an advert for Shredded Wheat that 'You'd never add salt. Neither would we'. Fair enough - but a quick survey of their other cereals, most of which are aimed at children, shows that all the surveyed cereals contain high levels of added salt.

Is there no such thing as a 'bad food'?
Junk food manufacturers, retailers and advertisers frequently defend themselves with the claim that 'there's no such thing as a bad food, only a bad diet. We challenge this self-serving view, and reveal the contradictions in their arguments.

Going 'glocal' 
Global food companies are now extending their markets by focusing on local niches, Corinna Hawkes reports.

Food for oil
The first known agricultural settlements were in Iraq, but now food must be bought in from abroad, traded for irreplacable oil under a so-called aid scheme.

Cadbury's targets school children by using sport to encourage chocolate consumption 
The government's sports minister has endorsed a commercial scheme which promotes the consumption of fatty, sugary snacks, blindly ignoring the link between a good diet, good health and sporting achievement. We reveal the true financial costs and the astonishing amount of fat and sugar which children will be encouraged to eat if schools take part in Cadbury's latest marketing ploy.