Posts Tagged ‘restaurants’
San Francisco Delays Vote On Controversial Toy Ban
Monday, October 25th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to postpone the vote on the Toy Ban until November 2, Election Day.
A recent article from food.change.org by David Orr states, “Well, it’s probably just a political calculation. Outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom has promised a veto, and only 7 of the 8 required votes to overturn a veto are secured. Putting off the vote until after Election Day could make it a little easier to vote in favor of this bill. It could also be a sort of gift to Mayor Newsom, who is currently running for Lt. Governor of the state and has been labeled by his opponent as ‘chief of the food police.’ Politics will be politics, but the important point is that this legislation has a real chance of being passed.”
Mar Asks For Two-Week Continuance On October 19th's Scheduled Vote On Controversial Toy Ban Legislation
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
In a new sfgate.com blog post, Rachel Gordon discusses the recent events surrounding the San Fransisco Toy ban, that if passed, would take away any fast food marketing promotions in kids meals.Â According to recent reports, supervisor and creator of the controversial toy ban legislation has asked for a two-week continuance in hopes to secure a veto-proof majority.
According toÂ Rachel Gordon, Mar asked that the vote be delayed until Nov. 2, Election Day, which might be nice for Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is in a tough race for lieutenant governor.Â Newsom’s Republican opponent, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, has attacked Newsom for being ”chief of the food police,” referring to the mayor’s earlier efforts to curb high-sugar sodas and to promote the slow-food movement.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Extend Toy Ban Legislation to Include Fast Food Breakfast Items Marketed To Adults
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
According to the Nanny State Liberation Front, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is Â not only going after kids meals, but certain breakfast items marketed to adults as well. The article states that a Sept. 27 amendment was added to the cityâs proposed Happy Meal Toy Ban ordinance. âA new category of items â breakfast items â are required to contain 0.5 cups of fruit.” Additionally, the amendment demands that the hamburger buns or other sandwich breads used in the meals must contain at least 50 percent whole wheat.
One has to wonder what the reason is for including restrictions on the breakfast meal breads seeing that adult customers do not purchase fast-food breakfast meals because of toy incentives.
Restaurants Should Not Take All The Blame â Education Needs To Be A Priority For Childhood Obesity
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
An article onÂ thestir.cafemom.com sharedÂ opinionsÂ aboutÂ the recentÂ activitiesÂ surrounding Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
Kim Conte,Â explained that whileÂ restaurantsÂ do have a responsibility to keep people healthy, they are not the main source of blame. Â Americanâs need to be better educated onÂ nutritionÂ and the negative effects of overeating.
“I agree that restaurants do have a responsibility to help in the effort to reduce obesity rates and get Americans eating healthier â after all, one-third of all meals today are eaten outside the home.Â But this call to arms â whether itâs coming from Obama or the PCRM â needs to be in tandem with public education on how people also share in the responsibility of making healthy food choices for themselves and their families.â
Conteâs opinion comes from aÂ newly releasedÂ video created byÂ theÂ Physicians Committee for Responsible MedicineÂ and Michelle Obamaâs speech toÂ restaurantÂ owners,Â urging them to offerÂ healthierÂ options on menus.
Yahoo! Finance Posts ObesitySolvers.com Press Release: Cutler Responds to Federal Trade Commissionâs 48 Subpoenas Issued to Companies Marketing Food to Children & Adolescents
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
A recent press release from obesitysolvers.com which highlighted Bob Cutlerâs responseÂ to the Federal Trade Commissionâs 48 subpoenas issued to companies marketing food to children and adolescents was posted by Yahoo! Finance.
According to the press release, Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), said that the federal government should not be able to limit the rights of advertisers, consumers or anyone who wants to choose what they want to eat.
“The U.S. government is marching again to restrict our rights. These subpoenas are a sure way for the government to restrict advertisers. The result of this effort will undoubtedly be government intervention and potential regulation,” Cutler said.
First Lady Asks Restaurant Owners to Promote Healthy Menu Options for Childhood Obesity Awareness Month September 2010
Monday, September 13th, 2010
OnÂ The Hill: The Washington Scene, a new articleÂ reported that First lady Michelle Obama urged restaurant owners to re-think their menus in a speech to the National Restaurant Association in Washington D.C.
âYouâre responsible for one-third of the calories our kids get on a daily basis,â she said. âThe choices you make determine whatâs listed on the menus, whatâs advertised on billboards and whatâs served on our plates.â
The First Lady suggested owners offer a wider variety of healthier choices, as part of her âLetâsÂ Move!â campaign, as well as offering examples of how restaurants can promote healthier choices by small recipe changes.
Ecochildsplay.com Quotes Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), in a Recent Article
Friday, September 10th, 2010
Ecochildsplay.com recently quoted Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), Â in a recent article: SF Mulls Over Ban on Toy Marketing for Unhealthy Food Despite Opposition
In the article, Cutler is quoted discussing the restaurant industryâs opposition to the Toy Ban. âThis Toy Ban is only the first such move to blame restaurant owners for providing what consumers want to eat. âWe have heard that a ban will be forthcoming on your ability to offer other marketing incentives next: no anniversary specials for married couples if the food is not healthy by law; no free birthday treats for kids celebrating a birthday unless it is healthy by law; and no discounts on bundled meals if the combo is not healthy by law,â said Cutler.â
Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), Reviews his Stance on The Kidsâ Meal Toy Ban in an Interview with QSR Magazine
Friday, September 10th, 2010
QSR Magazine recently interviewed Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), about his stance against the Kids Meal Toy Ban.
Cutler was asked a series of questions regarding his personal and professional opinion regarding the Toy Ban. When asked if he is only fighting the Toy Ban because his business could lose money if it was passed, Cutler responded:
“Weâre a law-abiding company that has been providing services to restaurants for 23 years. Itâs really more of the potential liability that surrounds the issue of moving the First Amendment out of its interpretation by courts and putting that interpretation into the hands of the Federal Trade Commission. Then the FTC would be able to establish the First Amendment rights of marketers. Quite candidly, the concern has transitioned from a business one to one more of advocacyâour Constitutional First Amendment rights.
Initially you can say thereâs a business basis for our concerns, and thatâs true. But our customers are going to sell kidsâ meals in one iteration or the other. Theyâre going to have to change what those meals are, and weâre going to be a part of that. But, from my perspective, this group is working to have our first amendment rights managed and approved by a government agency. And the threat of that is so beyond belief, I just canât sit here as a citizen and a business owner and go down without speaking out against it.”