05 October 2010

San Francisco takes steps to ban toy giveaways in unhealthy kids' meals

San Francisco lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a law that would ban fast food restaurants from putting toys in unhealthy kids' meals that do not contain fruits and vegetables and that are laden with fat and sugar.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 yesterday to pass the ordinance.

Under the Proposal, McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants could only include toys in meals that contain a half-cup each of fruit and vegetables and limited amounts of sugar, sodium and fat.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw
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  1. Maybe they should keep the toys and just ban the food.

  2. ConcernedConservative10/5/10, 2:40 PM

    Liberals number one agenda is taking freedoms away from the citizens of this country. You people are nothing but socialists and commies in disguise!

    Let people decide what they feed their kids and if they want toys included. Stop telling me what I should eat or what my kids should eat or what my kids can play with. Jeesh enough!!!!

    Thank God above this November we are taking this country back!

  3. Ur_average_Vegan10/5/10, 3:16 PM

    Let me guess Mr. Conservative, your kids are probably 50 pounds overweight. We have a nationwide crisis buddy, obesity is killing our childrens' futures.

  4. I'm with Ur_average_Vegan here, 'ConcernedConservative'. Taking toys out of Happy Meals isn't going to change the choice a parent makes about what they feed their child, all it's doing is discouraging the consumption of unhealthy foods. The irony is, you will complain about being 'told what to eat', but the people telling you what to eat are exactly those you'll run to when you develop a cholesterol problem, or diabetes, or have a heart attack.

  5. if only more cities would be as forward moving as SF. i'm so glad to hear this!