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No more Happy Meals for San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (RNN) - If you live in San Francisco, you can say goodbye to the Happy Meal as you know it.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance Tuesday banning restaurants from offering toys with food products aimed at kids unless the meals meet healthier nutritional standards.

The ordinance is the first of its kind for a large city and is modeled after a similar law passed in April in Santa Clara County, CA. The ban takes effect in December 2011.

"This is one small step forward to address childhood obesity," said San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar, who is one of three supervisors who sponsored the ban.

The law allows fast food chains to include a toy or other incentive if the food and drink combined contain fewer than 600 calories, with less than 35 percent coming from fat.

The meals must contain fewer than 640 milligrams of sodium and must include at least one-half cup of fruits and three-quarters of a cup of vegetables.

McDonald's USA spokeswoman Danya Proud said in a statement that the chain has taken steps to provide parents with healthier choices for their children.

"We are extremely disappointed with this decision," she said. "It's not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for."

The ordinance passed 8-3, a veto-proof majority.

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