Thursday, Sep 18th

Last update:05:18:56 PM GMT

Lawsuit Against McDonald's Happy Meals

E-mail Print
Share

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPInet.org) is threatening to sue McDonalds for offering toys with their Happy Meals. This consumer advocacy group is accusing McDonalds for deceptive marketing and committing illegal business practices by luring small children with toys. What??? The toys in the Happy Meals are making kids fat??!

A food industry watchdog group is threatening to take McDonald's to court over its practice of including toys with Happy Meals.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest announced Tuesday that it will file a lawsuit against McDonald's, calling the practice of marketing toys with junk food "illegal" under consumer protection laws in Massachusetts, Texas , the District of Columbia, New Jersey and California.

"Dangling a toy in front of a kid to try to get them into your restaurant is unfair and deceptive, because it's targeted at kids who are what? Four years old? Six years old? Who don't even understand the concept of advertising," Michael Jacobson, executive director of CSPI, said in an interview with ABC News' Yunji de Nies.

"It's not just a meal. It's the technique you're using to get kids to buy a meal," he said.

In a media statement e-mailed to ABCNews.com, William Whitman, vice president of communications at McDonald's USA, said, "We couldn't disagree more with the misrepresentation of our food and marketing practices made by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Since 2006, we have been a part of the Council for Better Business Bureau's voluntary initiative to address the importance of children's well-being.

"In the U.S., McDonald's primarily advertises the four-piece Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal, which includes Apple Dippers, low-fat caramel dip and 1 percent low-fat white milk," Whitman said in the statement. "Happy Meals are right-sized for kids, a concept that has not changed since its introduction in 1979."

Pediatric nutritional experts said they certainly recognized the food marketing power of toys adapted from movie characters and TV. But not all agree with the CSPI's campaign against toys in Happy Meals.  Link

Another frivolous and baseless lawsuit! Pathetic and Stupid!

CSPI is blaming McDonalds for using toys to lure 4-6yo kids to pester their parents to buy them Happy Meals ... resulting in an obese child.
First of all, I didn't know 4-6yo children have their own money to buy Happy Meals. This is insane logic.
The purchase of Happy Meals are the responsibility of  ...... the parents (or adult guardian) who voluntarily and freely walked into a McDonalds Restaurant and ordered the Happy Meal. These are same adults who are also responsible for saying "Super-Size me". If humans have no will-power to stop engorging themselves with food, blame the fast food corporation???? 

Attention CSPI, take note: the cause of Obesity = lack of a balanced physical activity and exercise
It is pure math. The caloric intake is greater than what the body burned in physical activity.

To blame toys as the source of obesity is like saying Twinkies is the cause of criminal behavior
This watchgroup is misleading the public and directing the responsibility from the parents to the corporation. Who is suppose to raise the kids and monitor what they eat?

If CSPI can prove scientifically that the elimination of these toys will significantly reduce the high incidence of childhood obesity in the US - then I will listen.
Otherwise, get a life!

Some McDonalds restaurants have indoor mini-playground in their restaurants - is this too a lure?

And what about these other double standards?
- chewing gum in baseball cards
- doctors offering candy after an office visit
- toys in sugar-coated cereal
- a toy in a cracker-jack box

Maybe this group should outlaw Halloween!

Comments  

 
0 # McDonaldsGuest 2010-12-20 01:05
In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, California mother Parham is suing McDonald’s.
Here is the proof:
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
 
 
0 # UrbanSwirl.com - Lifestyles of Colormarketing 2014-03-23 01:09
Terrific article! That is the type of information that
are meant to be shared around the net. Shame
on Google for not positioning this submit higher! Come on over and visit my web site
. Thanks =)
Reply | Reply with quote | Quote
 

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Latest Comments

From the Forum

Article Roundup

Czech President Vaclav Klaus Steals A Pen

News image

I have to admit this is funny. A world trade agreement between the Czech Republic and Chile is being conducted an...

Read more

And Another Republican Turns on Palin

Before I launch into this, can someone first explain to me why Newt Gingrich is still around?  Well, in any ...

Read more

40 Christian Center Homes Burned

Forty homes at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center in New Hampshire burned down today. The cause of the fire ...

Read more

NY Post endorses Obama

Ha! Take that Hillary. The NY Post endorses Obama for president. "We urge them to choose Obama - an untried candidate, to ...

Read more

Sooo Sleepy

Must stay awake.  Must. stay. awake.  Must. blog.Must write down thoughts before I forget. Must resist Mr Sandman.  Must stop ...

Read more

Who Am I

                   Who am I; I am the Genesis and the Exodus, the first man to walk the planet. Who am I, the st...

Read more

Woman Wins 9 Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Walmart

News image

Twenty four year old Nitra Gipson was a regular Walmart customer, who the retailer accused of passing bad money orders...only th...

Read more

Facebook of a Bigot: Clint McCance

News image

Some homophobic bigot in Arkansas posted his opinion on his Facebook page stating that all gay people should commit suicide. Hi...

Read more

Palin Interview - She's Clueless - We're Screwed

News image

  Charlie Gibson interviewed Palin...and all I can say is she's clueless.  So much so, she's almost a caricature of a politiican...throughout the interview I kept waiting for her...

Read more