Los Angeles City Council recently agreed to ban the opening of new fast food outlets in South LA for 1 year. This is part of a program to incentivize healthier restaurants in a part of the city that is said to have a childhood obesity rate of 30%. The ban does not become law until signed by the mayor.
The ban defines a fast food restaurant as: “”Any establishment which dispenses food for consumption on or off the premises, and which has the following characteristics: a limited menu, items prepared in advance or prepared or heated quickly, no table orders and food served in disposable wrapping or containers.””
The ban excludes “”fast-food casual”” outlets, that prepare fresh food to order, don’t have drive-through windows, and don’t have heat lamps to keep food warm.
73 per cent of South Los Angeles eateries are fast food outlets.
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