The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave final approval to an ordinance that would force fast-food restaurants to make the meals they market to children healthier.
Supervisor Eric Mar's ordinance would require that, in order to be sold with toys or other items targeted at youth, meals such as the McDonald's Happy Meal include fruits or vegetables and not have excessive calories, sodium, fat and sugar.
McDonald's opposed the legislation, arguing parents should be allowed to make their own choices. At least one local McDonald's owner complained that the law would effectively ban him from serving Happy Meals in their current form.
Mar Tuesday called the legislation "a simple and modest policy that holds fast food accountable."
He argued that with childhood obesity a major concern, it's necessary to compel restaurants that market to children to offer healthier choices.
Mayor Gavin Newsom, who opposed the legislation, said in a statement following Tuesday's vote that he would veto "this unwise and unprecedented government intrusion into parental responsibilities and private choices."
Newsom said that no city in the country had done more than San Francisco to "educate our children and encourage families to make healthier eating choices."
However, the board's 8-3 vote Tuesday approving the ordinance constituted a veto-proof majority.
In other action Tuesday, Supervisor John Avalos introduced a motion that could have the board vote as early as next Tuesday on an interim mayor to replace Newsom, who will leave for Sacramento in January to become lieutenant governor.