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Calif. cities banning toys in Happy Meals

November 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
San Francisco lawmakers have approved legislation that would limit toy giveaways in children's meals that have excessive calories, sodium and fat. The measure also calls for servings of fruits or vegetables with each meal.The city's Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 on Tuesday to approve the ordinance, which they hope will force fast-food chains such as McDonald's to make their children's meals healthier or stop selling them with toys.

McDonald's says the law threatens business and restricts parents' ability to make choices for their children.

The measure will take effect in December 2011 if supervisors approve it again, after an expected veto by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Supervisors say the law would make San Francisco the first major city in the county to take this action to combat childhood obesity.

A similar ordinance has been approved in California's Santa Clara County, where it affected about a dozen restaurants.