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Los Angeles County, Cal., Board of Supervisors Policy Manual § 3.115 (current through Sept. 28, 2017)
Brief Summary
Establishes nutrition standards for food and beverages sold through vending machines on county property.
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Reach
Limited scope. It is an administrative policy limited to county facilities.
Food System Category: Distribute, Get
State: California
Jurisdiction Type: County
Jurisdiction Name: Los Angeles County
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. Refers to childhood obesity (Purpose section).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Refers to: chronic disease, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, unhealthy dietary practices, encourage healthier diets, access to healthy food and beverages (Purpose section).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Unclear. Refers to nutrition-related chronic diseases as "major drivers of the escalating health care costs." (Purpose section.).
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "Obesity rates are rising in the county among both children and adults. Obesity and poor nutrition are among the leading causes of chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stoke, and cancer, and are major drivers of the escalating health care costs. The abundance of inexpensive low-nutrient, calorie-dense food and beverages in community and work environments are important contributors to unhealthy dietary practices." (Purpose section.).
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "The purpose of the County of Los Angeles Vending Machine Nutrition Policy is to encourage healthier diets by increasing access to healthy food and beverages and reducing access to unhealthy food and beverage options for County employees and the public at County facilities." (Purpose section.).
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. "This policy as it exists now or may exist in the future will apply to all new vending machine agreements as well as any new amendments to existing vending contracts." "Policy" section.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
Yes. "Periodically monitor the implementation and impact of the policy by collecting data to assess the nutritional content of foods and beverages and show consumption trends.[Department of Public Health] will report back to the Board of Supervisors annually." Sec. 3.115, "Policy" section.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
Code context and ordinance history
Part of Chapter 3, Administration and General Government; sec. 3.115 County of Los Angeles Vending Machine Nutrition Policy. History: (August 8, 2006, Board Order 25; February 17, 2009, Board Order 6; August 18, 2009, Board Order 2).