GMA's support for community decisions in place of federal action is ironic, given the association's longstanding support for federal preemption of stronger proposed state rules for food labels.
Drew Davis, vice president of federal affairs for the National Soft Drink Association, said he didn't think Commercial Alert made a case that warranted federal action. "They didn't provide any proof that a problem exists -- where's there proof of a problem?" Davis said.
Stephanie Childs, a spokeswoman for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, added: "It is our belief that community decisions are the best approach. Our companies work with schools to provide whatever products they want in schools."
*The name of the consumer group, Commercial Alert, has been corrected (7/1/2005).