If you want to buy a Happy Meal in San Francisco, you better include some fruit or veggies along with the toy. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed on ordinance to require more nutritious meals when a toy is tossed into the bag. On a 8-3 vote, which will counter a mayoral veto of the ordinance, the new rules will cut down on calories.

In a recent article it also states that:

“We’re part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice,” said Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure. “From San Francisco to New York City, the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country is making our kids sick, particularly kids from low-income neighborhoods, at an alarming rate. It’s a survival issue and a day-to-day issue.”

Just after the vote, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said, “We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for.”

Proud, the McDonald’s spokeswoman, said the city was out of step with the mainstream on the issue.

“Public opinion continues to be overwhelmingly against this misguided legislation,” she said. “Parents tell us it’s their right and responsibility — not the government’s — to make their own decisions and to choose what’s right for their children.”

The vote was held the same day that McDonald’s reintroduced nationwide its McRib sandwich, a pressed pork patty that gets half its calories from fat and has a cult-like legion of fans.

It is ironic that this ordinance goes into effect, after voters seemed to indicate they want less governmental intrusion into their life. People know the hazards that could pose a health risk for their children. So it would seem that parents are not smart enough to handle nutritional information and need a government agency to tell them what is best for their kids.

It is also silly to think that those who wish to consume a Happy Meal can not do so by driving outside of Sam Francisco and devouring a caloric monster, with included toy. Those fast food chains in San Francisco will suffer and in turn generate less sales tax revenue for the city.

Comments welcome.

Source – LA Times