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McDonald's Fitness Tracker May Have Hurt Customers' Health

The Happy Meal toy was irritating people's skin

(Newser) - An attempt by McDonald's to make Happy Meals part of an active and healthy lifestyle was certainly short lived. USA Today reports the fast-food restaurant pulled the "Step It!" fitness trackers from its Happy Meals on Wednesday. The fitness trackers, which count steps and display pace, were... More »

Some Happy Meal Boxes Will Turn Into Virtual Reality Goggles

McDonald's Sweden offers up 'Happy Goggles'

(Newser) - In what might possibly be McDonald's most random promotional stunt since the introduction of kale , 14 McDonald's restaurants in Sweden will be selling Happy Meal boxes that turn into virtual reality goggles on the weekends of March 5 and March 12, Adweek reports. A video shows how kids... More »

Happy Meals Now Come With Books

McDonald's expects to serve 17M books by Feb. 15

(Newser) - If apple slices in place of fries didn't send kids into a tantrum in the middle of McDonald's, the restaurant's latest move just might. For two weeks beginning Tuesday, McDonald's will be handing out a book with every Happy Meal, rather than the typical toy. Three... More »

Parents: McDonald's Minion Toy Has Potty-Mouth

Some claim they hear WTF

(Newser) - McDonald's says some customers have complained that a talking toy included in recent Happy Meals uses a vulgar phrase: WTF, only not abbreviated. The fast-food restaurant introduced a Happy Meal on July 3 with toys inspired by the movie Minions, and reports started trickling out after that of parents... More »

McDonald's Adding Books to Happy Meals, Temporarily

Two-week run starts Nov. 1

(Newser) - Kids, McDonald’s is adding something new to your Happy Meal, and it’s not more fries. Parents, next time you pull up to that drive through window, you might be hearing, “Do you want a book with that?” For two weeks beginning Nov. 1, McDonald’s will distribute... More »

Judge Tosses Happy Meals Lawsuit

Mom, health activists want toys out of fatty kids meals

(Newser) - California kids still have the right to chow down on Happy Meals. A San Francisco judge has tossed out a class-action lawsuit that aimed to block Happy Meal sales in the state. The suit claimed McDonald's was violating consumer protection laws by using toys to lure children to eat... More »

Burger King Gets Around 'Happy Meal Ban,' Too

Will charge extra for toys, like McDonald's

(Newser) - Burger King is taking a page from the McDonald's handbook : In order to "comply" with San Francisco's so-called "Happy Meal ban," the fast food chain will stop giving away toys in its kids' meals … but it will offer them for purchase for just 10... More »

McDonald's Sidesteps SF Happy Meal Ban

Toys to be sold as an extra

(Newser) - San Francisco's Happy Meal ban kicks in tomorrow, but McDonald's has found a very simple way to dodge it. The law bans restaurants from including a toy with a meal if that meal doesn't comply with the city's nutritional guidelines. So McDonald's is selling Happy... More »

Worst New Fast Food Items

Menus at Denny's, Olive Garden, and TGI Fridays each feature diet traps

(Newser) - Happy Meals may come with fruit now , but that doesn't mean gut-busters have been wiped from menus. And while Applebee's Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs dish is the stuff of legend, the Daily Beast also ferrets out a few surprises on its list of worst new fast food:
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Happy Meals Get Healthier

McDonald's will add fruit, remove some of the fries

(Newser) - Are Happy Meals soon to become Healthy Meals? Well, at least healthier: McDonald's, under pressure from nutrition advocates, will add a serving of fruit or vegetables to all of the children's meals, the LA Times reports. But the French fries will still be included, albeit in a smaller... More »

Mom Sues McDonald's for Marketing Happy Meals to Kids

Chain tricks toddlers into eating garbage, lawsuit claims

(Newser) - A California mom has teamed up with the Center for Science in the Public Interest to sue McDonald's for enticing children with toys, the LA Times reports. McDonald's uses the promise of toys in Happy Meals to lure young children into eating unhealthy food, the lawsuit claims. Young kids lack... More »

SF Happy Meal Ban Survives Mayoral Veto

Kids' eating should be up to parents, says Mayor Gavin Newsom

(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... More »

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals

A new day in for the city: No legal pot, no unhealthy kid meals

(Newser) - Indulgences, begone! California voters last night rejected legal pot , and San Francisco just voted to do the same to McDonald's Happy Meals. The city's board of supervisors yesterday passed the ordinance with such a hefty majority—8-3—that it will survive a threatened veto by Mayor Gavin Newsom. More »

6 Months Later, McDonald's Happy Meal Is Mold-Free

Artist has been photographing the burger, fries since April 10

(Newser) - What started as art has turned into mad science. Sally Davies took a photo of the McDonald's Happy Meal she bought on April 10—and she's taken a picture of that same meal every day since. Now, six months on, the hamburger and fries seem to defy the laws of... More »

McDonald's Facing Lawsuit Over Happy Meal Toys

Chain "is the stranger in the playground handing out candy, says watchdog

(Newser) - A public health watchdog says it's going to sue McDonald's if it doesn't stop luring children into unhealthy eating habits by handing out toys with Happy Meals. The chain "is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children," a director of the Center for Science in... More »

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