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San Francisco cracks down on Happy Meal toys

New law puts restrictions on free toys with unhealthy restaurant food


 

San Francisco is the first major American city to pass a law putting restrictions on the free toys handed out to kids with unhealthy restaurant meals, Reuters reports. The law, which takes effect on Dec. 1, requires that kids’ meals meet nutritional standards before toys can be handed out along with them. The National Restaurant Association and McDonalds have opposed the law, and McDonalds spokesperson Dayna Proud said in a statement that, “We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for. Getting a toy with a kid’s meal is just one part of a fun, family experience at McDonalds.” Toys can still be handed out with kids’ meals that have less than 600 calories, come with fruits and vegetables, and include drinks without too much fat or sugar.

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San Francisco cracks down on Happy Meal toys

  1. I am so happy my kids are older now, the only reason they liked McDonalds was for the toy, it has been years since I have been there, their food is so unhealthy!

    • Years ago my kids Science Teacher did a class project on uses for meal worms.. ( yes meal worms.) Besides cookies, one of the uses was using the little creatures for fillers in Hamburgers, so of course I told the kids it was what McDonalds used in their burgers that made them so special…that was the end of McDonalds. When they got older I told them the truth, and they still won't eat them..I suppose now a days that would make me a bad Parent, but my kids are healthy ……

  2. This is so stupid. In Santa Clara County, where we've already had this idiocy, McDonald's simply changed the Happy Meal so that it includes only 3 chicken nuggets, apple dippers AND a tiny pack of fries to meet the county requirements. My kid always got chicken, apple slices (she doesn't use the caramel dip) and either milk or apple juice. In our home, McDonalds is a special treat- and the toy is incentive- something to look forward to on the long drive to grandma's, or when she's got to endure vaccinations or some other unpleasant thing. And now, thanks to our meddling government, she'll automatically get fries- which she wouldn't have missed prior to this interference. And they've substituted fat for protein- also not a bargain in my opinion. Yes, I have the choice to stop going to McDonald's, but there are times when it is simply the most convenient option, and I don't feel the government has the right to interfere.

  3. Ridiculous nanny-state interference in people's lives and businesses. McDonalds sells quality-controlled food in a clean restaurant, they should not get constantly harassed for providing that.