SF to restrict fast-food toy giveaways, smoking on patios

November 5, 2010

San Francisco took two steps this week to try to protect the health of some city residents by restricting the behavior of others.

First, the Board of Supervisors gave tentative approval to an ordinance that will limit the ability of fast-food outlets to market toys to kids along with their food.

If the ordinance wins final approval, restaurants meals served with free toys will have to contain less than 600 calories, less than 640 milligrams of sodium, and have less than 35 percent of their calories from fat. Fat from nuts, seeds, eggs or low-fat cheese would be exempted.

Beverages served with toys or other incentives would have to have less than 10 percent of their calories from added sweeteners and less than 35 percent of their calories from fat.

The meals must also include a half-cup or more of fruit and three-quarters of a cup or more of vegetables. A breakfast meal must contain at least a half-cup of fruit or vegetables.

The other change: a new anti-smoking ordinance took effect that will prohibit smoking on restaurant patios.

Restaurant owners will be required to post signs at their entrances that say, “Smoking only 1) at the curb or 2) if no curb, at least 15 ft. from exits, entrances, operable windows and vents.” The sign must include the international “no smoking: symbol.

For more on the “Happy Meal” law, see this story from the San Francisco Chronicle.

For more on the smoking ordinance, go here.

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