August 15, 2011 |
The kids may have a blast at those fast-food restaurant playgrounds — but so did kids the day before, and the day before and the day before. So who's making sure they're kept clean? There are no national guidelines, and within states, counties and cities, oversight often falls through the cracks: Health departments may inspect restaurants for cleanliness and food safety but not necessarily the play areas. This really steams mother-of-four Erin Carr-Jordan of Chandler, Ariz., who has embarked on a crusade after encountering what she called "unacceptable" conditions at a McDonald's playland in Tempe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2011 |
Anna Harrald likes to eat at Taco Bell because the hard-shell tacos are "nice and cheap and good. " From KFC and El Pollo Loco, the chicken she stores in a friend's refrigerator will feed her for days. The 46-year-old homeless woman, who sleeps by a canal along the 710 Freeway in Long Beach, is one of at least 141,000 people in Los Angeles County eligible to use their food stamps at local restaurants under a state program aimed at helping the elderly, homeless and handicapped get a meal.
April 2, 2011 |
In the latest attempt to gain ground against the nation's epidemic of obesity, the Food and Drug Administration proposed rules Friday that require restaurant and fast food chains to post the calorie content of standard items on their menus. But the rules, which would also apply to vending machines, coffee shops and convenience and grocery stores but not to movie theaters, bowling alleys and airliners, underscored the herculean challenge in helping Americans reduce their calorie intake: Despite decades of trying, the United States has made little or no progress against one of its biggest public health challenges.
December 24, 2010 |
Who's ready for a steaming-hot bowl of meat, eggs and cheese from Burger King for breakfast? Or a pizza with not just bacon but "double bacon" and six types of cheese? Rolling into 2011, fast-food joints across the country are set to deploy a potent new arsenal of greasy goodness for Americans who have grown numb to mere burgers. Think spicier, cheesier, gooier. The new items flout principles of healthful eating and instead celebrate a spirit of wanton gluttony. "There's been quite a bit of what we call carnival revival," said Darren Tristano, a restaurant expert at market researcher Technomic.
November 8, 2010 |
It's no secret kids like fast food. And fast food likes kids--so much so that some companies have ramped up their marketing efforts in the past couple of years, says a new report released Monday from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity . The report details findings on fast food marketing and nutrition information, based on examining the marketing endeavors of 12 large national fast food chains. Researchers also looked at data on nutritional information in more than 3,000 children's meal combos and 2,781 menu items.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2010 |
Ignoring a warning about heading down a "slippery slope" of regulation, the Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to regulate new stand-alone fast-food businesses in South L.A. The issue goes now to the City Council's planning committee, possibly in a couple of weeks, Councilwoman Jan Perry's office said. It would then go to the full council. New stand-alone fast-food restaurants would have to meet several criteria, such as being at least half a mile from another fast-food outlet unless granted an exemption.