An inadequate or an inappropriate diet can lead to many food-related health hazards that can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal. It is, therefore, a question that, why there is no strict law that is in place to prevent the various health problems that can arise out of unhealthy food products. There is a food law, but that is mainly concerned more with food in its raw form and does not cover the processed or prepared food in all its range of forms and variety. There are provisions that the food producers do have to report to a health official before they can sell their prepared foods, but still, sometimes there are accidents that happen, which results in food poisoning or other forms of food-related health problems. As far as marketed foods are concerned there is still a serious gap and chances of improvement. Though every health conscious person knows that the use of hydrogenated or even partially hydrogenated oils is seriously unhealthy, but still there are products that are there on the shelves of the supermarkets making people believe that it is healthy and safe to consume these products. For example, a vast portion of the general population believes that margarine is a healthier option than butter which is supposed to be fatty, and therefore they buy it on a regular basis. But what the makers don’t tell is that the Trans fatty acids that are present in this margarine far surpass any health benefits that they might have and are actually harmful to certain people having certain kinds of health problems, especially heart problems. If we look at the matter seriously, then it should be mandatory that all foods that contain hydrogenated oils should have a warning label on their packages. These are the things that a food lawyer generally deals with so that the general population has someone that can take care of the cases that arise out of the above-mentioned negligence that is prevalent in the food industry.
The law should prevent the production of these foods or the people should be constantly reminded of the negative effects of such products on health. But the does not happen because this vast industry like any other business is concerned with the profits, and is ready to take chances that can sometimes prove hazardous in the true sense of the word. The other part of the food industry is concerned with dietary supplements which have numerous side effects and often do more harm than good. The ingredients that are used in this kind of food products can prove to be unhealthy and sometimes even life threatening and therefore the main function of the food lawyer is to represent his or her client’s case in the court and demand compensation for the damages caused. There are many kinds of diets or dietary supplements that are not documented, not tested properly, even not officially approved and hence not controlled. These also are being followed or consumed by people who want to lose weight fast, and in the process are losing their vital good health. Thus, people have to seek the help of a food lawyer to get justice and to get the compensation that is due to them by the unscrupulous food production or manufacturing companies. The lawsuits can be against the food producers or the diet promoters who play a decisive role in the food industry as a whole. There have been some famous lawsuits that involve some of the big names in the food business like Oreo cookies, Atkins Diet and the McDonald fast food chain. These lawsuits have a positive result, not to mention the monetory factors that are involved. They make the general population aware of the shortcomings of certain food products or diets that are potentially harmful and people can make informed choices when they next decide to but the hamburger or go on a diet.