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Jan 13

San Francisco bans Happy Meals

Posted by jfrancis in San Francisco , Overweight , meal , McDonald , Happy Meal , fast food , 


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For those with young children or those who have experience with young children, many of you know first hand how kids love to go to McDonalds to get a happy meal so they can find the next toy to add to their collection. Well for everyone who lives in San Francisco, California this will be no more. For those of you who haven't heard yet, San Francisco has recently announced that on December 2011 an ordinance will be put in effect official banning Happy Meals. Under this ordinance restaurants may include a toy with a meal if the food and drink combined contains less than 600 calories, and if less than 35% of those calories comes from fat. It is also required that restaurants include fruits and vegetables with all kid meals that come with toys.

A typical McDonald's Happy Meal, which consists of a cheese burger, small fries and a small drink, has 590 calories, 210 of these calories coming from fat. A second most common Happy Meal would be the 6 piece chicken nugget meal which has 620 calories, with 260 of those calories coming from fat. With these numbers the happy meal is incapable of meeting the required standards of the ordinance, and as of December 2011 will be removed from all San Francisco McDonalds restaurants.

Oct 13

The Happy Meal Project

Posted by jay11284 in Project , Mold , mcdonalds , Happy Meal , Fast-Food , Decompose



If bacteria doesn't want to eat it why do you? This is a question you should ask yourself next time you choose to eat fast-food, or give your kids fast-food for that matter. Artist and Photographer Sally Davies bought a Happy Meal from McDonald's back in April and left it out in her kitchen to see if the food would hold up over time. October 7, 2010 marks the 180th Day that the Happy Meal has been left out, and still it shows no signs of decomposition.

The Burger and Fries in Davies kitchen has become "hard as a rock" but has yet to show any mold growth or color change. The Happy Meal has been photographed each week for the 6 month span and posted on Sally Davies Flickr. This project, as one would imagine, has been turning many heads.