CA kids can still have Happy Meals
A San Francisco judge ruled Wednesday that California children can still get toys with McDonald’s Happy Meals.
A lawsuit was filed in 2010, which set out to stop the restaurant giant from using toys to market the meals to children.
It claimed that McDonald’s was violating consumer protection laws by using toys to lure children to eat nutritionally unbalanced meals which have been known to lead to obesity. No damages were sought.
“We are proud of our Happy Meals and will vigorously defend our brand, our reputation and our food,” said McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud. “We stand on our 30-year track record of providing a fun experience for kids and families at McDonald’s.”
An appeal is now being discussed between the California mother who initially filed the suit and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
“McDonald’s must stop exploiting children at some point,” said Michael F. Jacobson, the group’s executive director.
He also likened the practice to lead paint, child labor and asbestos.
However, the group recently announced that pizza, not hamburgers, are the most popular fast food among children.
In 2011, McDonald’s announced that it would include fruits and vegetables in its menu, as well as shrinking the amount of fries in their meals.