Happy Meal toy ban official

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s veto – likely his last one before he leaves office on Jan. 3 – on legislation banning the packaging of toys with McDonald’s Happy Meals, was rejected by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in a 8-3 vote. Supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu and Michela Alioto-Pier voted to support the veto. It takes eight votes to override a mayoral veto.

The legislation, introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar, will go into effect Dec. 1, 2011, and will prohibit the use of toys and other incentive items in meals for children unless they meet specific nutritional standards, including if the meal contains at least a half cup of fruits or vegetables.

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