TALK BACK: It’s official: no toys in unhealthy San Francisco kid’s meals
It’s more San Francisco-bashing fodder for Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly to bring up: the Board of Supervisors overrode a veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom by an 8-3 vote Tuesday, turning controversial legislation that bans toys from being included in unhealthy fast food meals into a city law.
San Francisco joins Santa Clara County in implementing strict rules about the types of meals that can come with a toy. Only fast food restaurants serving kid’s meals with fewer calories, lower sodium and includes a fruit or vegetable entree can dish up a toy a la carte.
The restaurant industry and Newsom opposed the legislation, saying that it goes too far in dictating what private enterprises should do within city limits. The legislation’s sponsor, Supervisor Eric Mar, said it’s about battling alarming rates of childhood obesity.
Is this sound government policy? Or is this another case of San Francisco reaching too far and becoming what critics argue is a nanny state?
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