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The Financial Times reports that McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner criticized yesterday legislation such as that passed in San Francisco that is designed to curtail the sale of Happy Meals by prohibiting the distribution of kids’ toys with meals that do not meet certain nutritional standards.

Skinner said that proponents of such legislation are acting like “food police,” and were looking to undermine parental autonomy. And he showed no sign of backing away from the company’s traditional strategies.

“We’ve seen many years of someone trying to dictate behavior through legislation,” he said. “Our Happy Meals have been supported by parents since the 1970s. The nutrition of Happy Meals, which include apples, meets FDA guidelines. We sell choices on the menu that make our customers feel better about their lifestyle.”
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