San Francisco Bans Popular McDonald’s “Happy Meal”


The city of San Francisco has effectively banned McDonald’s “Happy Meal.” The city’s Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance on November 2, 2010 requiring that meals that include toys with their purchase, like the popular Happy Meal does, meet specific nutritional guidelines. Since the Happy Meal currently does not meet such nutritional requirements, it is effectively banned from the McDonalds restaurants throughout the city.

The ordinance, which will take effect in December 2011, requires that meals that include toys have less than 600 calories, less than 640 milligrams of sodium and less than 35% of calories from fat (with less than 10% from saturated fat). The meal must also include at least a half cup of fruit or three-quarters of a cup of vegetables.

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