From here on out, if McDonald’s wants to include a toy with its Happy Meals in San Francisco, certain nutritional requirements must be met—and there’s nothing “happy” about it:
• The meal can’t exceed 600 calories
• Less than 35 percent of the calories can come from fat (nuts, nut butters, low-fat cheese excepted)
• It’s required to have a half cup of vegetables
• Breakfast meals are required to have a half cup of fruit
• Sodium limits
• A multigrain requirement
What’s more, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the measure with an 8-3 vote, making the Happy Meal ban veto-proof.
Of course, Happy Meal toys aren’t exactly high quality these days, so the issue may not be as big a deal as it seems. Then again, I can recall that the toy (sucky or not) was my main motivation for getting a Happy Meal as a child.