Nov. 4, 2010 /EIN Presswire/ — San Francisco is taking the “happy” out of Happy Meals for McDonald’s, and the company is pretty steamed about it.
With an 8-3 vote, the Board of Supervisors banned toys from meals that have more than 600 calories, 640 milligrams of sodium, and more than than 35 percent of calories are from fat. The vote is preliminary and requires a second vote.
Mayor Gavin Newsom says he will veto the bill, but there may be enough votes on the Board to override that veto.
If the measure passes it would be effective from December 2011 and would be the first ban of of its kind in the nation.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said, “We are extremely disappointed with this decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for. Public opinion continues to be overwhelmingly against this misguided legislation. Parents tell us it’s their right and responsibility, not the government’s, to….to choose what’s right for their children.”
But Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure, said, “This is a tremendous victory for our children’s health. Our children are sick. Rates of obesity in San Francisco are disturbingly high, especially among children of color.”
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