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San Francisco passes Happy Meal toy ban

Democrats weren’t the only ones crying into their french fries after the results of last night’s election came rolling in.

Fast food purveyors and little kids in San Francisco have cause for alarm as well- the progressive city now requires that meals that are served with a totally super fun toy must meet specific nutritional guidelines, meaning that they probably can’t even be delicious anymore. A SFWeekly blog reports:

More importantly, the supes passed the so-called “Happy Meal Ban” by an 8-3 vote — meaning it can survive a promised veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom. That’s right: San Francisco done banned the Happy Meal. Robble robble.

All along, the critical vote on Supervisor Eric Mar’s ordinance belonged to Supervisor Bevan Dufty — you could label him the city’s Burger Kingmaker. For weeks, Dufty refused to disclose which way he was leaning. Now we know.

There’s a final vote next week, and the resolution should take effect in December of 2011. McDonald’s has commented, expressing disapproval of the ban:

A McDonald’s spokeswoman said in a statement that the company is “extremely disappointed with the decision” and that “credible and objective research demonstrates this proposal is unrealistic based on data showing that most children rarely eat a meal as detailed by the proposed ordinance.”

Is this a reasonable measure, or meddling in a family’s personal food choices? Do you think the trend will catch on?

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