03 November 2010

San Francisco bans Happy Meals with 8-3 vote

McDonald's surely is not loving the decision passed yesterday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors effectively banning the Happy Meal. The ordinance requires that meals that include toys have to meet specific nutritional guidelines and cannot contain excessive calories, fat or sodium.

In addition, the ordinance requires that all meals that come with toys provide a fruit or vegetables option.

The vote passed by an 8-3 margin which means Mayor Gavin Newsom cannot veto it, which he intended to do.

Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure said, "We're part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice. From San Francisco to New York City, the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country is making our kids sick, particularly kids from low income neighborhoods, at an alarming rate. It's a survival issue and a day-to-day issue."

McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud said, "We are extremely disappointed with today's decision. It's not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for."

Happy Meals were also banned earlier this year in Santa Clara, California. Maybe California will start a national trend. I’m loving that!

But there is some good news for Mickey D's customers who are looking for a meal that gets half its calories from fat—the McRib sandwich was reintroduced today.

Robin Lawless | @robmlaw
Robin lives in NYC with her cat Maggie where she follows a vegetarian lifestyle, practices yoga, and volunteers at Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Follow Robin on Facebook

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