San Francisco Supervisors Approve Fast Food Toy Ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco lawmakers have approved legislation that they hope will force fast-food chains such as McDonald’s to make their children’s meals healthier or stop selling them with toys.

The Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 Tuesday to approve an ordinance that would limit toy giveaways in children’s meals that have excessive calories, sodium and fat. It also requires servings of fruits or vegetables with each meal.

The measure drew enough support to overcome an expected veto by Mayor Gavin Newsom. The supervisors are expected to vote again to override the veto.

Supervisors say the law would make San Francisco the first major city to take this action to combat childhood obesity.

McDonald’s has said the law threatens business and restricts parents’ ability to make choices for their children.

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  • NRA Life Members

    So, our borders are wide open, terrorists are mailing bombs everywhere, elderly women are being targeted by thugs, unemployment is at record highs but our tax money is being used to get those dangerous Happy Meals off the street. How about those politicians, huh?

    • Paul

      AMEN to that!! I posted something similar. I can’t believe the issues some of our cities here in Cali think take priority over the things you mention. It’s embarrassing to call myself a Californian these days.

  • Tess

    THIS is what San Francisco is worried about??? LOLOL! OMG that is too much. They have tons of homeless. Illegals killing people. Extreme budget problems and THIS is the issue that needs tackling?! What whack jobs.

  • sheila

    just crazy and cracked. something is really wrong here.

  • drsardone

    Fighting the obesity epidemic starts with teaching children, and their parents, that consuming fast foods and sugar laden soft drinks is a major culprit. Removing toys used as incentive to purchase such foods is a good first step, but not nearly enough. The obese children of today are destined to stay obese in adulthood making them vulnerable to co-morbidity diseases like heart disease, diabetes and various cancers to name a few – and aside from shortening their lifespans, these diseases will add a significant burden to our already broken healthcare system. Dr. Sardone, author of The Naked Truth: Overweight, Overwhelmed and Confused

    • Kennedy

      zhry ftdstfpmr. upi worry sbout yourself you or anyone else has no business telling me or anyone else what they can eat and what we or anyone can buy. Move to Cuba if you want to be told what to do. Its people like you that make me and everyone sick. Enough is enough. I bet you are no physical marvel and I beat we all could find someone wrong with you that we what to change. But I would not begin to tell you what you should do with your like. Get out of ours.

  • Backfire

    This will backfire. Parents get fast food for the convenience, not the nutrition. Kids get kid meals for the toy; if there’s no toy, any kid over age 8 will start ordering adult-sized meals (at least double the calories for just $1 or so more) and the obesity will increase. Why not just remove the soda option (or upcharge for soda)?

  • K

    I’m all for eating healthy and this is a good idea on the surface, but yes, it’ll probably backfire. Besides, this can’t be the biggest problem in San Francisco.

  • rg

    Ah, the same city that gives us Nancy Pelosi, what a surprise!

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