The legislation which passed by a 3-2 vote is the first in the nation. Targeting the fast-food industry the proponents of the ordinance claim the toys add to the epidemic of obesity among the children of the county.
The law’s author, Ken Yeager claims that by taking the toys away children will not want to eat unhealthy food. Yeager claims food chains and marketers use the toys to entice kids to eat high-sugar, high-fat foods early in life.
Violations of the ordinance will garner a $1000.00 fine for each meal sold. Yeager wants the legislation to inspire cities and counties across the country to follow suit like “ripples that create a wave.”
The law bans toy giveaways in children’s meals that contain more than 485 calories, obtain more than 35 percent of their calories from fat or 10 percent from additional sweeteners, or have more than 600 mg of salt.
The totals are based on children’s health standards developed by the
According to the Board’s acting counsel, Miguel Marquez, representatives from
There is no truth to the rumor that Yeager is working on legislation to ban the offering of cookies and milk to Santa Claus on Christmas Eve because he feels the higher the pile of cookies, the better the selection of toys under the tree.