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Disney done with junk food ads

2012-06-06 12:03
Cape Town – Disney is done with junk food.

The Walt Disney Company is banning junk food ads from its TV channels for kids and websites according to the The New York Times, with Disney in South Africa to follow a similar stricter approach in future.

Under The Walt Disney Company's new rules and policy to help fight childhood obesity, TV commercials will have to comply with stricter nutritional standards for Disney to consider them for any of its platforms.

The biggest problem products Disney will no longer allow advertisements for include carbonated drinks, fast food and certain cereals.

Safe and trusted brand

Disney also plans to introduce the "Mickey Check" from the end of 2012 - a specific logo on Disney products' packaging with Mickey Mouse ears which would indicate that the product meets certain stringent limits regarding calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar.

"The emotional connection kids have to our characters and stories give us a unique opportunity to continue to inspire and encourage them to lead healthier lives," said Robert A Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company in a statement.

The decision will negatively impact Disney's ad revenues over the short term but will enhance the company's already solid reputation as a safe and trusted brand for children as well as their parents.

Next step

While The Disney Channel in South Africa as well as in America doesn't accept and run TV commercials in the traditional sense of the word, promotions and sponsorships do take place, and commercials are included in other channels and programming such as Disney XD and Disney Junior.

"This is the next step in Disney's healthy foods initiatives - which range from overall food policies to healthy food partnerships," said The Walt Disney Company Africa when asked how the changes will impact South Africa.

"The announcement addresses the US market and Disney will be adapting this to other markets and South Africa in due course," said Disney.

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