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America's 'Nanny State' Laws

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Toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals

Since 1979, children have delighted in the McDonald’s Happy Meal, a repast marketed specifically at them in which the hamburger and french fries are accompanied by a toy. But in 2011, the meals got markedly less happy when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a lawbanning the inclusion of toys from the meals unless they met stringent nutritional standards — they had to have less than 600 calories, they had to contain fruits and vegetables, and the beverages could not have “excessive fat or sugar.”

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