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Will San Francisco Ban Happy Meal Toys?

Posted Oct 07 2010 12:55pm

Don't toy around with good health Ronald McDonald isn't smiling. Here's why: A proposed San Francisco ordinance would ban toys from Happy Meals and other kid-oriented fare unless the meals also include a fruit or vegetable and are low in sugar, sodium, and fat.

Proponents say the playthings contribute to childhood obesity by making unheathy foods more appealing. A board committee has recommended the measure , which is modeled after a recently enacted Santa Clara County law , but Mayor Gavin Newsom has indicated that he'll veto the controversial ordinance. And McDonald's executives have argued that the proposed legislation  violates its customers' rights to free choice . Meanwhile, some people are betting on whether they'll get to keep their toys — a recent poll from Predicto shows that 46% think the measure will pass .

While Happy Meal toys are still a fond part of many people's childhood, if the ban does happen, at least there will be fewer plastic McNuggets and Shrek figurines headed to the landfill, bringing San Francisco a step closer to its zero-waste goal .

--Della Watson

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