06 Apr '11, 1am

New York to consider banning fast-food restaurants from giving away toys in children's meals

NEW YORK - SEVERAL New York City council members unveiled a bid on Tuesday to ban toy giveaways in fast-food restaurant meals for children, emulating a San Francisco city law that will be enforced later this year. City Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, who plans to introduce the bill on Wednesday, said banning toy giveaways would reduce the allure of fast-food restaurants for children and encourage the industry to provide healthier options. 'While I recognise that ensuring children have access to, and eat more, nutritious meals is ultimately the responsibility of their caretakers, the City Council can empower parents by making it harder for the fast food industry to target children with predatory marketing techniques,' he said in a statement. A similar law was approved in San Francisco late last year and is due to go into effect in December. Opponents of these m...

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