No Toy With That: San Francisco Bans Happy Meals

The city’s board of advisors says no to high-fat, high-calorie meals that lure the little ones with playthings.

By Jessica Voelker November 3, 2010

In San Francisco, no more toys with unhealthy meals.

In San Francisco, meals that come with toys will have to meet new nutritional guidelines, reports the San Francisco Weekly.

According to that paper, the city’s Board of Supervisors passed the measure by a vote of 8 to 3 yesterday, enough that it cannot be vetoed by San Fran mayor Gavin Newsom.

San Francisco restaurants can now only offer a toy if the meal has a 1/2 cup serving of vegetables and contains less than 600 calories total. No more than 35% of those calories may come from fat.

McDonalds (which took out a full page ad against the proposed restrictions in the San Francisco Chronicle) serves happy meals that contain between 390 and 700 calories and 12 to 27 grams of fat, according to nutritional information on the company website. While you can opt for apple "dippers" and low-fat caramel sauce instead of fries, there doesn’t seem to be any vegetable action at all. (Not counting the pickles on the hamburger, of course.)

Meanwhile in Washington, we’ve voted in big numbers to repeal a special tax on candy, gum, and soda. Interesting.

Finally, in other McDonalds news, the McRib is back.

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