Un-Happy Meal? Calif county trims toys to cut fat

April 27, 2010 2:00:11 PM PDT
A county in California's Silicon Valley has decided to ban restaurants from giving away toys and other freebies with high-calorie meals.

The ordinance, passed 3-2 Tuesday by Santa Clara County supervisors, is aimed at curbing childhood obesity. Opponents call it another example of too much government meddling in family affairs.

The ban covers unincorporated areas of the county -- which means only about a dozen fast-food chains and several family-owned restaurants.

A restaurant would face fines up to $1,000 if it violates the ban.

Supervisors will conduct a final vote May 11. If it passes then, the ordinance would take effect 90 days later.