So basically you want to the gov legislate away ignorance?
No, I want the government to stop businesses engaging in dangerous and reckless behaviour all for the sake of profit. The welfare of consumers should be considered more important than profits.
Also when I think of something not "fit for human consumption" I think of things that would instantly kill you if you ingested them. This stuff doesn't do that, and if enjoyed in moderation (like a previous poster said but everyone ignored) its not going to kill you.
But it's not in moderation if a single meal has dramatically more trans fat, saturated fat and salt than is recommended for daily consumption. We're not talking about slightly too high here; we're talking about insane levels.
I'm perfectly capable (as I'm sure many others as well) of deciding what I eat, and do not require the "assistance" of some gov. bureaucrat to do so.
Not if you're not given the relevant information.
Serving raw meat or food prepared in an unclean environment is different, as either of those could fall under the "instantly kill you" part, and if not that, will surely make you incredibly sick.
Why should there be a distinction between what kills you quickly and what takes slightly longer? I mean, eating raw meat might not kill you so why should the government be interfering? Once you accept that government has a role in protecting consumers then it becomes where do you draw the line. Personally I think businesses shouldn't be allowed to sell products that they know are harmful to consumers and such behaviour should either be banned outright or restricted (i.e. forcing companies to disclose that information up front or by heavily taxing such products). The problem is that some people let their paranoia about government get in the way of common sense.
Perhaps it's time to implement the "traffic light" system we use in the UK on prepackaged foods, in restaurants? You can the see, right there on the menu, immediate indicators of fat, sugar, sodium and calories, colour coded to their % of RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance).
It's an incredibly simple system to understand:
Yeah, but you'd need a whole different category for meals like this. It would need to be labelled "insane" and be coloured black with a skull and crossbones next to it, warning you that it is dangerous to consume such a meal.