Golden Gate City Mulls Ban on Fast Food Toys

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Getting a toy with a fast food children's Happy Meal may not be standard anymore in San Francisco, if city officials have their way.
City Supervisor Eric Mar has introduced an ordinance that would ban toys from meals that contain more than 600 calories. 

"People see that obesity is an epidemic and addressing it with a modest measure like this makes a lot of sense because nothing is more important than the health of our children," he said.
Under the proposed ordinance, only meals that have a serving of fruits and vegetables could include a toy.

"Restaurant foods are generally higher in those nutrients for which over-consumption is a problem, such as fat and saturated fat, and lower in nutrients required for good health, such as calcium and fiber," according to the measure.

"Research analyzing children's meals at major restaurant chains found that many exceed the recommended caloric limits for children," the law read. "And almost every high-calorie meal in the study came with toys."
All restaurants in San Francisco would be affected by the bill, but the main target appears to be fast food chains.  
McDonalds, Burger King and Taco Bell were noted as the worst offenders of high calorie, high fat menus - a charge McDonalds spokesperson Karen Wells took exception to.

"We offer apple dippers, which a cup a half a cup of fruit and a full serving of fruit. We offer low fat white milk a choice for parents so, I would totally disagree that our Happy Meals do not meet the nutritional guidelines for Americans," Wells said.

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