Mom suing McDonald’s over Happy Meal toys. She feels that McDonalds forces parents to say “no” to their young children repeatedly and their marketing and advertising machines makes parents’ jobs harder to do. A Sacramento mother of two is suing McDonalds, alleging the toys given with the company’s Happy Meals unfairly lure kids into eating unhealthy foods. Monet Parham is teaming up with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in a class-action lawsuit targeted at stopping the number one fast food retailer in the world from using toys in their marketing towards small children. According to the CSPI, marketing directly to small children illegally exploits them. Parham and other parents strongly agree that the reason why their children demand and plea to go to McDonalds is to get the toys. The fast-food giant routinely uses Barbie, i-Carly, Shrek, or Strawberry Shortcake in their cross-marketing campaigns.m“I am concerned about the health of my children and feel that McDonald’s should be a very limited part of their diet and their childhood experience,” said Parham. She feels that McDonalds forces parents to say “no” to their young children repeatedly and their marketing and advertising machines makes parents’ jobs harder to do. “I object to the fact that McDonald’s is getting into my kids’ heads without my permission and actually changing what my kids want to eat,” Parham added. CSPI cites the Institute of Medicine and the American Psychological Association as saying that young kids do not have the cognitive maturity to understand the persuasive intent of advertising. “Every time McDonald’s markets a Happy Meal directly to a young child, it exploits a child’s developmental vulnerability and violates several states’ consumer protection laws,” said CSPI litigation director Steve Gardner. McDonald’s is vowing to defend against the lawsuit, which is being filed in the California Superior Court in San Francisco. “We are proud of our Happy Meals and intend to vigorously defend our brand,” spokeswoman Bridget Coffing said in a statement, adding that Happy Meals offer quality foods in smaller portions appropriate for children. “We are confident that parents understand and appreciate that Happy Meals are a fun treat, with quality, right-sized food choices for their children that can fit into a balanced diet,” she added. In recent years McDonald’s has upgraded the health profile of kids’ meals by adding chicken nuggets with white meat and offering apple slices with caramel sauce as an alternative to french fries. However the company admits that the hamburger-and-fry meals remain the most popular.
McDonalds Faced With Lawsuit Over Toys In Happy Meals. A consumer watchdog group is threatening fast-food giant McDonalds with legal action if it continues to include toys in its Happy Meals kids’ menu packages. The Center for Science in the Public Interest released a statement Tuesday saying that giving away toys to promote Happy Meals encourages kids “to prefer foods that may harm their health.” The group’s litigation director, Stephen Gardner, said providing the toys is “a creepy and predatory practice that warrants an injunction.” McDonald’s spokesman William Whitman said his company strongly disagrees with Gardner’s statement. He told the Los Angeles Times that the restaurant chain offers kids healthier alternatives like apple slices instead of French fries, and that Happy Meals are one of several family-friendly products the company offers. The legal threat comes two months after a California county banned fast food companies from using toys to promote children’s meals
The tabloids have long pitted Brad Pitt’s ex-wife Jennifer Aniston against his current lover Angelina Jolie, with everything from their fashion sense to their eating habits up for comparison and debate. But when it comes to a tangible measure of Hollywood success — money — the glossies steer clear. And on that score, Jolie’s the winner — by US$2 million. Thanks to successful box office runs for “Wanted” and “Kung Fu Panda” as well as her upcoming CIA thriller “Salt,” Jolie raked in an estimated $27 million over the last year. (The impressive haul coupled with her media ubiquity catapulted her to the top of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.) Depth: As for Aniston, this year’s hits “Marley & Me” and “He’s Just Not That Into Continue reading →
Morrissey banned any food that “used to have a face” from his concert in New York this week. The ardent vegetarian – whose second album with his former The Smiths was titled ‘Meat Is Murder’ – demanded the Webster Hall venue be a meat-free zone before, during and immediately after his performance on Wednesday night (25.03.09). A source said: “There were no deli sandwiches, sushi, pepperoni pizza or anything else that used to have a face. Even the cleaning staff were happy to do their part by bringing in veggie sandwiches for lunch.” This is not the first time Morrissey has forced his staunch vegetarian views on other people. Morrissey’s former employee recently revealed the 49-year-old singer bans his staff from eating meat. Andrew Winters – who applied to be Morrissey’s valet for a two-week tour of America – claimed the singer pre-orders vegetarian meals for all his roadies and will fire crew members on the spot if they are caught eating meat. Winter said: “The one overriding rule is the vegetarian one. No burgers from room service, no ham salads. I got the sense even visibly acknowledging the existence of McDonald’s would mean instant sacking. “I asked what the view is on fish. Seafood is sea life, I was informed, so the same rule