Monday, November 15, 2010

Get Happy - San Francisco's Mayor Vetoes Law Banning Fast Food Toys

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 7:00 AM

So much for that anti-toy law passed in San Francisco. The city's mayor has vetoed the law prohibiting toys in unhealthy fast food meals. Mayor Gavin Newsom told CNN, "Parents, not politicians, should decide what their children eat, especially when it comes to spending their own money. Despite its good intentions, I cannot support this unwise and unprecedented governmental intrusion into parental responsibilities and private choices." reports that this might be the first step in government backing out of what Americans eat. As the "lame duck" Congressional session begins, the website predicts how the new conservative members will respond to stalled food safety and school nutrition bills. With nonprofit group Americans for Prosperity holding an event today urging lawmakers to not pass any Democrat-penned bills into law, things aren't looking great.

If the food safety bill fails, at least we're closer to finding out on our own if food's going to kill us. According to the Denver Post the BrightSPOT Food Safety Test is in development. If it works the device will be able to detect 112 pathogens in food, including E. coli, listeria, and salmonella within 30 minutes. Current tests can take at least three days and a lot of red tape to get results.

But let's focus on the real food-related danger to humanity - tattooed food stylists on airplanes. The food blog of the Los Angeles Times warns readers of food stylist Adam C. Pearson, who was briefly removed from a Delta Airlines flight on Saturday for having scary tattoos. Thanks to an alert fellow traveler for diligence in trying to ensure that no food would be styled for Kohl's Department Stores.

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