Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Less-Than-Happy Meal in Santa Clara County

In California's Santa Clara county, an ordinance has been passed prohibiting restaurants from giving away free toys in high calorie meals.

"This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's love of toys," said Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager, who proposed the ban. "It is unfair to get people hooked on eating high-sugar, high-fat foods early in life."

Though the law affects only a dozen restaurants in unincorporated Santa Clara County, officials there want to "send a message out to the rest of the country," and foresee similar rules in other counties and states, said Supervisor Liz Kniss.

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