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HESA Committee Report

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In accordance with its Order of Reference of Wednesday, February 14, 2018, your Committee has considered Bill S-228, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children), and agreed on Monday, April 30, 2018, to report it with the following amendments:


That Bill S-228, in the preamble, be amended by

(a) replacing line 32 on page 2 with the following:

"Whereas it is widely acknowledged that market-"

(b) adding after line 40 on page 2 the following:

"Whereas it is necessary to review and monitor the effectiveness of this Act, particularly in light of new forms of advertising;

And whereas persons who are at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age are also vulnerable to marketing and its persuasive influence over their food preferences and consumption and it is also necessary to monitor and review the advertising of foods and beverages to that age group;”

Clause 2

That Bill S-228, in Clause 2, be amended by replacing line 8 on page 3 with the following:

children” means persons who are under 13 years of age;"

Clause 4

That Bill S-228, in Clause 4, be amended by adding after line 28 on page 3 the following:

“7.3 Before the fifth anniversary of the day on which sections 7.1 and 7.2 come into force, those sections are to be referred to the committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament that may be designated or established for the purpose of reviewing their effect. The review is, in particular, to focus on whether there is an increase in the advertising of unhealthy food in a manner that is directed primarily at persons who are at least 13 years of age but under 17 years of age.”

A copy of the relevant Minutes of Proceedings (Meetings Nos. 100 to 103) is tabled.