June 23, 2010

Food Nazis

From the Tasty Bits (TM) Mail Sack:

Today, CSPI urged McDonald’s to stop undermining parents and deceiving children with cheap toys that accompany unhealthy kids’ meals. We filed a notice of intent to sue the fast-food chain if they didn’t.

McD Toy“McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” said CSPI litigation director Stephen Gardner.

McDonald’s is currently offering children’s toys related to Dreamworks’ latest Shrek movie. While Shrek may appear on packaging for low-fat milk and Apple Dippers, when children or parents order Happy Meals they are given French fries 93 percent of the time, and offered soda first 78% of the time.

Please urge McDonald’s to stop marketing junk food to children! Let them know that marketing unhealthy food to kids using toys is deceptive and undermines parents' efforts to raise healthy kids!

Thank you for your support!


Margo Wootan, DSc.
Direction, Nutrition Policy
Center for Science in the Public Interest

P.S. To learn more, see our CEO Michael Jacobson's column in the Huffington Post today!

Dear Margo:

Thank you ever so much for finally shining the Searchlight of Truth on Ronald McDonald and his Happy Meal Sturmtruppen! To tell you the truth, I don't know which is worse: When the Hamburglar cold-cocks me as soon as I walk into the store, thereby allowing my kids to order as much junk food as they can stomach; or when these forces of evil McBlitzkrieg my own house, getting Grimace to smother me in my bed while Mayor McCheese shoves tubes down the kids' throats and throws wide the spigot on the milkshake tank. And perhaps the hardest part of it is the double-crossing, fifth columnist assistance offered to Herr McDonald by Shrek and his quisling friends.

Oh, the horror! The Horror!

What would we do without the CSPI to volunteer its own blood, sweat, toil and tears to put an end to this menace?

//sarcasm function off.

Posted by Robert at June 23, 2010 11:05 AM | TrackBack

The more I think about it, the more the people in favor of regulation, in almost every case, think I'm an idiot. Apparently, credit card interest rates and late fees are somehow secret. Now, I must be told that McD's puts crappy toys in a box with crappy food?

Apparently, I go through my day with a glazed look in my eyes and permanent drool on my chin. It's a miracle I even make it safely back to my house, which I incidentally bought with borrowed money that I don't understand I need to pay back. Mortgage companies preyed upon me. Or some I'm told. It's all too complicated for my puny little brain.

Posted by: Fear and Loathing In Georgetown at June 23, 2010 01:54 PM
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