November 11, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
I spent years collecting the toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals in a cardboard box.
It was no coincidence that I was also a chubby child.
Now, one city has taken action to curb the McDonald’s tradition of including toys in Happy Meals to market fast food to kids.
San Francisco’s board of supervisors gave final approval this week to an ordinance that will ban fast-food restaurants from including toys with children’s meals that do not meet nutritional guidelines, which puts McDonald’s Happy Meals in the crosshairs, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle.
From the article:
The ordinance, which would go into effect in December of next year, prohibits toy giveaways in fast-food children’s meals that have more than 640 milligrams of sodium, 600 calories or 35 percent of their calories from fat. The law also would limit saturated fats and trans fats and require fruits or vegetables to be served with each meal with a toy.