Sun's Varkonyi cited for article on baby food

December 12, 1990

Charlyne Varkonyi, food and home writer for The Sun, has received the top food/nutrition award in the national JCPenney-Missouri awards competition for lifestyle and feature writing.

Her story, which appeared May 16, 1990, in A La Carte, showed how baby-food manufacturers were exaggerating the results of a medical study so they could gain an exemption from proposed federal legislation requiring full nutritional labeling. The manufacturers argued that they should be allowed to keep the amount of fat, cholesterol and fiber off the label because well-meaning parents would be misled and would underfeed their children.

Ms. Varkonyi's award includes a medallion and $1,000 in cash.

This year's competition drew 2,120 entries from 41 states. Categories included eight awards for general reporting and five general excellence awards for lifestyle sections based on the newspaper's circulation. The awards will be presented April 26 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Since 1960, the awards have been funded by an annual gift from JCPenney Co. Inc. and are administered by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Ms. Varkonyi, who joined The Sun in 1987, has won 35 other state and national awards for food, consumer and investigative reporting. She is vice president of the Newspaper Food Editors and Writers Association, an international group of 274 food journalists. Her "Fastlane Feast" column is nationally syndicated by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.

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