Food law roundup

by Walter Olson on September 13, 2011

  • Feds fund Boston campaign bashing sweetened drinks [Globe; see also on NYC] More on ObamaCare “Public Health Fund” subsidies to local paternalist initiatives on diet [WLF]
  • Thanks to federal funding priorities, New York education department had 40 experts on school lunches, only one on science education [Frederick Hess via Stoll]
  • Grocers hope to escape federal menu labeling mandate [FDA Law Blog] How regulations exasperate midsize restaurant operators [Philip Klein, Wash. Examiner]
  • “The Eight Dumbest Restaurant Laws” [Zagat]
  • Proposed federal standards on kid food ads extreme enough that many USDA “healthy” recipes would flunk [Diane Katz, Heritage] Do FTC’s guidelines violate the First Amendment? [WSJ]
  • Compared with what? “Egg farm regulations still skimpy” [Stoll] Deer blamed for E. coli in pick-your-own strawberries [USA Today]
  • U.K.: Your kids are too fat so we’re taking them away [Daily Mail; earlier here, here, etc.]

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1 NMissC (Tom Freeland) 09.13.11 at 11:38 am

The Zagat list is odd. Many states have several they blame on one specific place (e.g. no drinking on election day, no booze before noon), and Mississippi has repealed the rule against taking home unfinished bottles, but has both the public intoxication rule (hey, I know of a cop pulling a passenger riding home out of a car to arrest for public drunk) and the election day rule.

I’d have thrown in the weird NYC rule against dogs in bars, which is apparently a new enforcement of a long-ignored health code rule.

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