San Francisco May Ban Free Toys With Fatty Fast-Food

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – A proposed San Francisco law that would ban toy giveaways with fatty fast-food meals is set to get its first hearing.

The hearing before the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the proposal would make it illegal for kids meals to come with toys if the meals exceed limits on calories, fat, sugar and salt. It would apply to all restaurants but appears aimed specifically at fast-food establishments such as McDonald’s that include toys in kids meals.

Supervisor Eric Mar, who proposed the ban, says the toys draw children to the unhealthy meals, which in turn can contribute to childhood obesity.

But officials with the restaurant industry say the proposal is an example of government regulation going too far.

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One Comment

  1. isaom says:

    Thank you Eric Mar. The only reason kids like McDonald’s is becaus of the free toys. If McDonald’s gave away a free beer with your BigMac I know more adults would go to McDonald’s.

  2. Matt K. says:

    Umm….don’t the parents buy these meals for the kids???? Banning a toy won’t slow childhood obesity, this has just got to be another stunt to draw attention to wacky San Francisco/

  3. NRA Life Member says:

    “Candy coated popcorn, peanuts and a prize”, Will they ban Cracker Jacks next? How about all of those breakfast cereals with toys in them? Let’s not forget about packs of basebball cards – they contain that dangerous bubble gum. Heaven forbid! How about San Francisco staying the hell out of parents’ business and let them raise their own damn kids.

  4. SF Voter says:

    Fast food restaurant owners in Daly City should be very happy about this law. Maybe Eric Mar owns a few grease joints outside SF?

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