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McDonald's may face lawsuit over Happy Meals

June 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A consumer watchdog group is threatening to sue McDonald's, claiming the toys in its kids meals are helping make kids fat.The Center for Science in the Public Interest claims the toys in the fast food chain's Happy Meals illegally manipulate kids into an unhealthy diet.

The group says it's unfair to target advertising to kids and to put parents in the position of constantly trying to counteract their children's demands for the toys and the food that goes with them.

The group believes the toys violate consumer protection laws in California and at least three other states. It hopes the threat of a lawsuit will get the fast food chain to negotiate on the issue.

McDonald's says it is proud of its Happy Meals which give customers wholesome food.