SF Happy Meal Ban Survives Mayoral Veto

Kids' eating should be up to parents, says Mayor Gavin Newsom
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2010 3:53 AM CST
A Happy Meal at a McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco awaits a pint-sized customer.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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(Newser) – A McDonald's Happy Meal ban is still on in San Francisco, despite efforts by the mayor to veto the measure. The Board of Supervisors out-voted the veto and saved the law barring all fast-food restaurants from handing out toys with meals—unless they reduce fat and sugar. Mayor Gavin Newsom said the measure "goes too far," and that parents, not the city, should determine what their kids can eat, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Backers say the law, which will take effect in a year, "holds the fast-food industry accountable for creating healthier choices for our kids," said a city supervisor.

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