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Sweet ads banned for breaking junk food rules

By Josie Clarke

Adverts for Cadbury eggs and Chewits and Squashies sweets have been banned for breaking new rules prohibiting the advertising of junk food to children.

The rulings by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) are the first to result from a ban on campaigns for products high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) across all children's media - including online and social - introduced in July last year.

The ban comes as the ASA's sister organisation, the Committee of Advertising Practice, launches a "12 months on" review of the impact of the rules, which will monitor media popular with children for age-restricted ads.

The authority banned ads on Cadbury's website for a storybook titled The Tale Of The Great Easter Bunny, featuring children hunting for Easter eggs coloured the same purple as the company's branding, and an activity pack featuring an image of a rabbit holding a Cadbury-branded purple egg.

It also banned four posts on the Chewits Facebook page about Chewie the Chewitsaurus celebrating GCSE results, going back to school, Roald Dahl Day and International School Libraries Month. The "advergame" app Squashies World, in which players match pairs of Squashies by flicking them towards each other, must no longer appear.

The ASA told Mondelez UK, trading as Cadbury, Chewits manufacturer Cloetta and Swizzels Matlow, which makes Squashies, to ensure that ads for HFSS products are not directed at under-16s.

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