Chile Bans Toys in Fast-Food Meals

Chile attempts to combat childhood obesity by banning toys in fast food meals
Fast-Food Toy Ban

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In an attempt to fight childhood obesity, one South American country is trying to fight fast-food companies on marketing to kids.

Kids in Chile may not be so happy when they open up their Happy Meals as Chile aims to ban fast-food establishments from including a surprise in every box. The South American country implemented the new law enacted in June to fight the climbing rate of childhood obesity in the country, according to the Associated Press.

The law, which was passed on June 7, has yet to be fully implemented as companies are still using toys to lure in younger clientele. As the country takes aim to fully enforce the law, McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and other restaurants are forbidden to include toys for kids in their meals, reported the Associated Press.

Sen. Guido Girardi filed an official complaint Aug. 1 with the Health Ministry in Chile because restaurants have yet to pull the toys from their locations even though the ban began on June 7, reported the Associated Press.

Fast-food establishments aren’t the only food providers listed in the new law. Companies that sell cereals, popsicles, and other child-friendly food products are also banned from including toys with their products. If toys aren’t removed from food products, the companies could face nominal fines, reported the Associated Press.

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