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to read Food and beverage companies can be sued for false advertising if they put labels on products that would “mislead and trick consumers,” Until Thursday, many judges and food-industry lawyers maintained that sellers of beverages and food products could not be sued for false advertising so long as the product’s label accurately disclosed the ingredients in small print, as required by the Food and Drug Administration. Lanham Act. It forbids using “false or misleading descriptions” to sell a product latimes.com/
As part of “Healthy Eating Out,” restaurants across the county will offer smaller portions to help fight the obesity epidemic. The organizers would like to grow the participating list of restaurants from 700, many of which are Subways, to 30,000. In other news, restaurants’ health inspections are falling behind because of a shortage of inspectors.
More than 700 restaurants across Los Angeles County have pledged to curb adult and childhood obesity by offering smaller portion sizes and healthier meals on their menus as part of a public health campaign, officials announced Thursday. (Abram, 2/11)
Now, in another attempt to reduce obesity rates, the Los Angeles County Public Health department is launching an advertising campaign to encourage parents and their kids to choose smaller portions and healthier foods the next time they eat out. Though California has the fifth-lowest adult obesity rate in the nation, it has the highest obesity rate among low-income kids ages 2 to 4, with nearly 17% who are obese. Approximately 15% of all California kids are obese, according to national data. (Karlamangla, 2/11)
The growing number of restaurants, cafes and food trucks in San Francisco presents a labor challenge not just to the business owners in charge of staffing them. There aren’t enough health inspectors to conduct the routine inspections required by the city, industry leaders say. A search of the restaurant database on the San Francisco Health Department web site shows restaurants often have gone well over a year between inspections. (Sciacca, 2/11)
The online dietary assessment provides information on your diet quality, related nutrition messages, and links to nutrient information. After providing a day's worth of dietary information, you will receive an overall evaluation by comparing the amounts of food you ate to current nutritional guidance. To give you a better understanding of your diet over time, you can track what you eat up to a year.