Santa Clara County Supervisors: Toy Ban For Fast Food

By Posted 28 Apr 2010, 09:03

Santa Clara County Supervisors have not been happy for a while about obese children, which is why they have now decided to issue a toy ban for fast food restaurants. For fast food chains such as Burger King and McDonalds to be able to give away free toys, they cannot exceed the set levels of calories, fat, salt and sugar.

The vote passed 3-2 and is thought to be the first of its kind, we wonder if other counties or states will follow. This action has been taken to try and reign in fast food restaurants that try to promote their unhealthy food by offering children an incentive.

SFGate reports that those who do not abide by the law will run the risk of a of a $1,000 fine for violations. As you would imagine the California Restaurant Association opposed the ban and have just 90 days to come up with an alternative solution. The fine that we mentioned above will be for each meal they sell with a toy.

We know that these kid’s meals are very poplar with the kids and the free toy is certainly an incentive for our children to keep on about buying them one of these meals. Are you happy with this ban?

  • j al

    are they saying children make their parents go to a fast food restaurant to pay for a meal?it is because of the conviencie and cost these resturants thrive with business.how does this differ from the scenerio on health foods in the public school systems.this country needs awareness,education on fitness not some crazy excuse to blame on toys which is stemming from desperate ignorance from politicians.

    • Brad

      I would like to know how much these so-called health conscious czars actually weigh. Probably overweight by even their standards. Maybe we should limit their intake of potatoe chips, cookies, and beer.

    • Brad

      I would like to know how much these so-called health conscious czars actually weigh. Probably overweight by even their standards. Maybe we should limit their intake of potatoe chips, cookies, and beer.

  • Bill

    The toys do not make the kids obese, it what goes into their digestive systems. Get the restarants to fix a healthier meal.

  • Fred Spaulding

    I don't approve of it. I feel too many kids are overweight but it is also from sitting watching tv and playing on the computer too much and not getting exercise. What the kids do or don't do and what they eat is the parents responsibility and not any level of governments place. We are getting way too much government interference making decisions for us that should be ours. Also, since there always appears to be a financial penalty involved, how many of thes laws are just about money more than concern for the people.

  • jim meyer

    This is plan stupid. This isn't the restaurants or the childrens fault. It's the fault of the parent fault for buying them these meals. Why punish them for poor parenting

  • Daisy92

    That is ridiculous! It is the PARENTS' decision to buy their child the meal. If the parents are letting their children bully them into buying a meal because they want the toy, then the parents are not doing their jobs. And if a parent chooses to allow their child to have a happy meal and get a toy, so be it! The bottom line is that the children are not the ones buying the meals, so they therefore are not able to be "enticed" by a toy. People need to get a grip.

  • Tony

    Santa Clara County why don't you ban the stupid parents of letting their children being fat. Here again is why parents now again are letting their children control them. No one didn't put a gun in their hand and make them go to whatever restaurant and make their children obese. I hope that the corporations counter their ban. I thought California were smarter than that.

  • Carly R

    I agree childhood obesity is a problem, but this ban is ridiculous. We parents are ultimately responsible for what our children eat…at home or at a fast food chain. The next thing you know, we will have the restaurant police ticketing parents for feeding their children unhealthy food. Where does the "control" end?

  • sensible one

    every day more and more rights are taken away by the few. Its just a matter of time when the hobnail boots of oppression will finally grind away any rights the average citizen has. Freedom of choice is a goner. Freedom of speech is amost gone. Don't even think about critizing the government (look out Fox). Hammer and sickle is on its way in sadly.

  • sue stricklin

    Well, let's see; now we have to ban grocery stores from selling high-calorie stuff, and let's don't forget concession stands, ice cream trucks and oh yeah, don't forget the neighborhood lemonade stand. Then there's 7-11 (or whatever get-and-go that's nearby) vending machines everywhere and the donut shop. Let's get rid of them all and force little Johnny to eat right. No wonder so many parents today are lousy at parenting; they're used to the government taking over the raising of their child. Of course, the inevitable will follow: Little Johnny doesn't know how to make himself be responsible, so the government will take over the adults next.

  • Jeremy Lovelace

    This is stupid. All you so concerned with kids and there happy meals need to get some REAL concern for whats going on in the world. I dont know start by cleaning up crime or getting young people to stop smoking, or doing drugs. Dont take away their youth just yet or teach them to grow into thoughless mindless drones like yourselves. Give the kids their toys and you take the wasted tax dollars your blowing on this nonsence and put it to good use.

  • angie

    you cant blame the kids for this, blame the parents. If you have little ones getting them a meal is my choice not the kids, and a toy helps to keep them entertained if you are on the road, why punish the kids for the parents choice. if this is the case why not just shut down all fast food restaurants and and take our right on how to take care of our kids away from us. Who do you think you are to make the choice for us. What are you all going to take from us next, how we have to feed our kids at home. This is not worse than making chicken nuggets at home.

  • Mary

    Nannygate for sure! This is outrageous. Let us make our own decisions. More and more government control!

  • Sunshine

    I think the parents should be smart enough to not let their kids eat Happy Meals every day! Same thing can happen at home if they over eat parents need to explain things to kids about why they cant eat the greasy foods everyday.

  • Mickey

    When is the government going to take its nose out of the publics arm pits. I don't recall any branch of the government deciding to have my children, being there when they were delivered or lovingly providing for them over the years. It was our decision to have them, our bodies to make them, and our toil and industry to provide for them as God blessed us. Let the government mind its own business and the nation would be much better off.

  • sheena

    I am 100% in agreeance with this ban. My child is four years old and does not even like fast food. We do not eat out often and when we have to buy fast food because we are traveling he is only interested in the toy and he refuses to eat the unwholesome meal offered to him. Obesity is a terrible future for the children of not only America, but for our whole nation. It is very important people start to think about what it is they are putting in their children's mouths. If you think second hand smoke is bad; what about first hand heart attack?

  • Arlene Zier

    I do not oppose the toy! What I do oppose is the unhealthy food. I have read how unnutritious the MacDonald happy meal is with chicken nuggets. I don't know if it is true or not. Who knows? I don't know about Burger Kings chicken. I do think it is wrong to make a law each time the public refuses to monitor their own childrens's lives. Don't we have enough personal character to monitor what is best for our families? Arlene

  • CONNIE

    AS A RESTAURANT MANAGER AND A MOTHER OF TWO I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH THIS, THE HAPPY MEAL TOY HAS BEEN AVAILABLE TO KIDS FOR MANY MANY YEARS AND YES IT IS AN INCINTIVE TO BUY THE HAPPY MEAL,BUT WE ALSO OFFER OTHER CHOICES. THE TOY CAN BE PURCHASED SEPERATELY AND WE ALSO OFFER APPLES AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE FRIES AND WE HAVE JUICE AND MILK INSTEAD OF THE SOFT DRINKS AND REALLY IT IS UP TO THE PARENTS AS TO WHAT THEY ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO EAT.MY 5 YEAR OLD CHILD LOVES THE TOYS BUT WHEN WE STARTED OFFERING APPLES AND APPLE JUICE SHE PREFERS THAT OVER THE FRIES.MCDONALDS HAS GONE TO GREAT LINKS TO PROVIDE A WIDE VARIETY OF HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES FOR ALL AMERICANS AND I AM POSITIVE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO IN THE FUTURE.ITS OUR CHOICES AS PARENTS TO DECIDE ON WHAT THEY EAT. FURTHERMORE ON MANY OCCASSIONS I HAVE USED THE POPULAR HAPPY MEAL TOY AS AN INCENTIVE FOR A JOB WELL DONE FOR BOTH OF MY CHILDREN.

  • Mea

    I think that this is ridiculous! I have a son who is 3 years old, and as a treat I take him to Mcdonalds twice a month (every other Saturday). There is nothing wrong with fast food as long as its in moderation. Most of the fast food places (Mcdonalds , Burger King and Wendys etc) give you the option to select healthier sides such as apples, yogurt and oranges. The toy is a treat for the child and should not be omitted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000143061107 Katie Anderson

    I don't think it is right to ban happy meal toy,because If they don't have toys then nobody won't have any thing to play with.

  • Tara

    I don't believe this tax will have the effect lawmakers claim to want. It seems money is the at the root of their efforts. Besides, maybe it's just me… but since when is it the restaurants' or government's responsibility to parent our children? I am a wife and mother of 3 who works full-time and to be honest, have fallen into the trap of quick and easy food choices. However, after our family physicals last year, I've realized the need for a healthier diet. I've learned to make quick and easy- healthier food at home. It's been quite an adjustment but I'm glad to say that restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King are a "treat", rather than the norm. It should be we parents calling the shots -not the government and certainly not our children when deciding on dinner.

  • Arcadia

    The Supervisors have definitely stepped over a line they should not have. It's up to parents to decide what food they will buy for their children. If i want my child to have an occasional Happy Meal with a toy, I should be able to buy it at my local McDonald's. If I don't, then I'm the one to say "NO." Instead, how about requesting that McDonald's give toys with the healthier meal alternatives they have, or with every child's meal. How about if residents go to neighboring counties to buy Happy Meals? Loss of revenue for Santa Clara County.

  • Beetle Bob

    Are you nuts. Who is the parent? If your 4 year old is telling you what he/she will do, you have a bigger problem than a happy meal. Please wake up before this child get to be 10. You make the rules he/she follows them. Get it?

  • Arcadia

    There are alternatives to fast food when you travel. Take a small cooler with foods he/she likes and stop by supermarkets to buy additional foods. It worked for us. Meals picnic style are more fun anyway. Yes, obesity is a terrible thing but it's up to parents to make good choices not a group of elected people. There's bad food out there but also a lot of good food. It's up to US to teach our children the difference.

  • Nick

    these supervisors need to be voted out! obviously they are democrats. are any of them overweight, if so we should ban them from some of there favorite foods. more things to worry about then a free toy with a meal.

  • jo jo

    Hooray about time someone stood up to mass poisoning of our young !! And yes we should ban all foods that contain chemicals that cause diabetes and syndrome x as we are seeing in large number of population obesity is over the top in America especially in our kids I hope they ban fructose soon as it is a big culprit in obesity and to the b.s. ads that say it is okay in moderation in the mean time it is in 90 percent of foods that are sweetened is that moderation 90 percent of sweetened food products ? Sickening that the USA can't figure out other ways to accumulate wealth ! What kind of people profiteer on the illness and death of humans they should be afraid to sleep at night and walk the street during the day disgusting pigs !!!!

  • toylover

    It is amazing how people ask the government to stay out of their health care decisions, but we can regulate others on thier food intake and what they can put in their bodies. The person for the toy ban said it best, The Child does not even eat the food. So how is the toy making the kid obese?

  • Ruth

    I think this is a great idea. Most kids don't need junk toys anyways. I no my granddaughter always wants a toy. She doesn't really eat the food. Learning how to eat has to come from home and people need to slow down so that there schedules give them time to cook meals.Most people want convience, but women work and are tired after a day at work and just don't want to take the time to cook or clean up. Plus when women went into the workforce they don't raise there children like the old days when mom stayed at home.

  • Thomas Dennis

    I sometimes have bought a Happy Meal just for the toys. These draconian bastards are trying to tell us what to eat, what cars to drive. When we disagree with a an elected official we are told to shutup. Why not ban video games. If these restraunts said we will close our doors because of this ban it would be lifted. What county wants more unemployment.