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Wisconsin Council Votes To Keep Toys In Happy Meals

Last month, San Francisco voted to ban toys from being included in high-calorie fast food aimed at kids. But Superior, Wisconsin wants its Happy Meal as is.

mcdonald's happy meal toy

Photo: Breakmould. (flickr)

Critics say parents should play the main role of protecting their children from these high-calorie meals, not the government.

One month after San Francisco board of supervisors declared restrictions on including toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals, a similar ban came before the Superior, Wisconsin council this week for a vote.

And it failed miserably.

Council member Greg Mertzig wrote the proposal and was the only vote of the eight council members in favor of moving the ordinance out of committee to development. His intent was to remove the reward and limit giveaways that target children and encourage them to eat unhealthy fast food meals.

Opponents like Adam Bennis didn’t believe it was the government’s role to interfere with parental decision making. In relation to the childhood obesity epidemic, Bennis said, “Parents can and should do a better job.”

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Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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