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US: Californian county could ban fast-food toys

Fast-food restaurants tempt children to eat high-fat meals by luring them with toys and other promotions.  Officials in one Californian county want this to stop.

They have voted to ban these promotions unless the toys come with meals that meet national nutritional criteria for children.  The Bill has a final vote in May and takes effect 90 days later – unless major fast-food chains and the state restaurateurs association come up with a better solution.

Parents and health experts in Australia agree.   The Parents Jury says that food and toys should be separate entities: food is for nutrition and toys are for play.

Read more: Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr 2010

Read more: Vancouver Sun, 28 Apr 2010

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald, 30 Apr 2010

Published on April 29, 2010 in International news