UPDATED Feb. 14, 2018 8:04:23 A California woman who says she was told her broccoli was unhealthy and had cancer has sued the city of San Francisco, saying she is being discriminated against because of it.
In a complaint filed Friday, Michelle J. Breslow says the city’s health department has denied her access to her favorite green vegetable because of a policy that requires that it be “contains less than 15% by weight of unsaturated fats, such as linoleic acid.”
Breslo, of Sacramento, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year and is fighting to get a second opinion.
Her lawsuit says San Francisco refused to take the diagnosis seriously and treated her differently because she was overweight.
Bleslow is seeking $20 million in damages.
She has been hospitalized four times since her diagnosis and has been receiving treatment at a California Veterans Affairs hospital, the complaint said.
Benslow has been working with a nonprofit called the San Francisco Biosafety Institute to improve health standards for food and food packaging.
Bids for her suit are due by Feb. 21.
San Francisco spokesman Steve Mazzoli said Friday that the city had no comment on the lawsuit.
“Our policy is to only consider health and safety concerns,” he said.
has been under pressure from the health department to improve standards since the 2014 coronavirus pandemic.
The city, which is also home to the headquarters of Whole Foods Market, announced last year that it would stop adding trans fats to broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables.
Bets for the suit were not immediately available.
Bases of broccoli are in the United States, but they have been sold in Europe and Asia.
The United States is the only industrialized country that does not require broccoli to be labeled as containing more than 15 percent saturated fats.
Belsize, the California native, said in an interview last year with the San Jose Mercury News that she would be happy to eat a healthy salad made with the broccoli that was added to the salad dressings at her local restaurant.
But the city stopped adding that broccoli to salads made with other vegetables after a 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that the broccoli’s nutritional content is too low to be healthy for anyone.
She said her broccoli salad tasted like a mixture of “bacon, tomato, garlic, red peppers, and celery” and that it was also low in fiber.
Bins of broccoli were supposed to be kept at the bottom of a cooler in the kitchen, but some customers have complained that the cooler is full of the vegetable and that they are unable to take it out.
Buses are being installed at grocery stores to accommodate the increased demand for broccoli.
San Jose has had an abundance of broccoli and has more than tripled the supply since 2013, when the city instituted a new policy that added more broccoli to the salads served.
The new policy also said that broccoli should be “only included if the broccoli has a significant nutritional value.”
Belsized said the city has not updated its policies since her initial diagnosis and that the policy is “an injustice” to her.
“I don’t think I would eat broccoli anymore,” Belsite said.
The lawsuit claims that the lack of broccoli is harming her health.
Bats of broccoli can grow up to six inches long and weigh about 50 pounds.
Bartslow’s complaint states that she has had several tests done that showed she is overweight.
But Belside was given a dietitian’s recommendation that she lose 20 pounds and eat less than 30 percent of her daily calories.
Bains, the former food service manager, said the new policy is causing the city to increase the amount of broccoli it sells.
“We’re just feeding the public what they want to eat and it’s not fair to the taxpayers,” he told the Mercury News.
Bilsize said she is not going to fight for her rights.
“If I am going to be a vegetable and have a life, I’ll stay healthy,” she said.
“This is what my job is all about, and I will take it.”
Benslo, who is now 40, said she does not consider herself a vegetable but she does consider herself an advocate for a healthy lifestyle.
She is part of a growing movement of people in California who have said they are tired of being told what to eat, whether it be a salad or a pizza.
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