The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban toys from McDonald's (MCD) Happy Meals. The city's mayor vowed to veto the legislation, but may be overruled.

The ruling, which -- if it's not vetoed -- will take effect in late 2011, prohibits restaurants from giving away toys with meals that have more than 600 calories, 640 milligrams of sodium and at least 35% of its calories derived from fat. Northern California's Santa Clara County already has enacted a similar law, but San Francisco could become the first city to ban Happy Meals toys.

The city is taking on the fast-food giant in an attempt to reduce childhood obesity. Roughly one in four San Francisco Bay Area parents say they're concerned about their children's weight and health habits, according to the board's Tuesday agenda.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said he will attempt to overturn the ruling. "We must continue to take steps to combat childhood obesity, a genuine health crisis in America, but this bill takes the wrong approach," Newsom said in a statement Tuesday. "Parents, not politicians, should decide what their children eat, especially when it comes to spending their own money."

But Newsom may not be able to overturn the ban because it passed by an 8-3 margin, the Associated Press reported.

McDonald's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. If the ban is enacted, it will affect about 20 McDonald's restaurants in San Francisco, as well as other fast-food restaurants.


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patriceggg

We already have too many laws. Why don't these people start tackling the deficit instead of worrying about Happy Meals toys? Why do we keep electing these kinds of leaders? This just goes to show that our government is too big. We don't need this kind of nonsense!!

November 10 2010 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pcopland1229

This is to the so called Board of San Francisco! You better start worrying about more important matters like cleaning up the City by the Bay. This is a Wonderful City. It's too bad so many Homeless are in the streets. People urinating all over. The smell of urine is sickening. The City is going downhill. Get your prioities together. Happy Meals aren't making kids fat. It's the parents lazy ways. Their too lazy to cook a good meal for the family. Wake Up! My son is 30. He loved Happy Meals. I also woke up every morning, made his breakfast before school, packed his lunch and made his dinner. He's not fat! GO MCDONALDS!

November 10 2010 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PAT SHANKLE

Banning Happy Meal gifts are stupid. How dare the government tell us what we can or cannot do. Shove those babies in the bag. Michelle Obama should tell her husband how dangerous it is to smoke. Wonder if he smokes inside or out? ha ha you know he doesn't go outside.

November 10 2010 at 4:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
matt102678

This is what the left wing extremists believe their mission is. They believe they know what is best for everybody and that they need to make governement bigger and more intrusive so that they can legislate everything right down to whether or not restaurants can put toys in kids meals. California and in particular is a breeding ground for this type of thinking and mentality. Could be why CA is paying 40 $$$$million dollars a day for unemployment benefits to workers. Money they do not have and must borrow. If it wasn't for the favorable climate I truly believe alot of people and business would relocate out of a state that is sinking fast. Americans should keep an eye on CA as an example of what not to do in running a government and watch as this state self destructs. One of the only states in the US to re-elect a liberal governing body to steer their course over the next years. Vote the same morons and idiots to office, I really hope to electorate isn't expecting different results..

November 10 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rkirby1550

Mcdonalds should close all of its stores in San Francisco and Santa Clara

November 10 2010 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuck

San fran is stupid! This is not the way to reduce child obesity. It is not the food they are eating, I used to put away Big MAcs as a child with large fries and large Dr. Pepper! I never had an "obesity" problem! Why? Because I played outside and rode bikes all day! I didn't plop my fat lazy arse in front of the TV except for three hours on saturday morning cartoons! Wake up parent s and do your job and government quit trying to tell me how to raise my child!

November 10 2010 at 9:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
BeagleDawg

Lets controll happy meals while alowing uncontrolled homosexual activity. Makes sense to me.

November 10 2010 at 8:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sfamilyent

I don't understand how banning toys from a meal is going to fix a problem of parents making potentially bad nutritional choices for their children. I believe it is quite likely that we've got a situation where the parents also make poor nutritional choices for themselves as well. I'm sure the city council members have good intentions, but when banning the toys doesn't produce the desired results, what's next? Ban the food items? Criminalize frying hamburger patties and french fries? Criminalize the possession of high fat and/or high sodium content food products? Why don't we try to improve the level of health education that we provide through our public school systems? This is an example of government making dumb laws.

November 10 2010 at 5:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ekiosity

Parents are definitely too stupid to not take their kids to McDonald's. This article claims San Francisco is taking on fortune cookies next: http://www.narf.tv/?p=1254

November 09 2010 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
WHO EVER WHAT EV

Of course it's fast food restaurants fault kids are obese. How can you except parents to be responsible for what their children eat, that's just plain crazy!!

November 09 2010 at 10:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply