Happy Meals are about to get a lot less happy. That is, unless the fast food chains that peddle them can change their ways. For the toys and other promotional items that accompany those highly-caloric kid's meals are soon to be banned in parts of Santa Clara county.
"This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's love of toys" to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. "This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes."
The toys won't disappear immediately. Fast food restaurants have 90 days to come up with a voluntary solution for improving the nutritional value of kid's meals. Which: don't hold your breath.