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Eric Mar takes credit for shaking up fast-food industry after McDonald’s announcement

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Supervisor Eric Mar took some heat for carrying legislation that banned toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals.

But in the end, it appears his effort has paid off. McDonald’s announced changes to the Happy Meal on Tuesday.

“I am please that our local grass roots efforts to bring attention to Happy Meals has shaken up the industry,” Mar said in a statement. “Today’s announcement from McDonald’s is a positive step as it is important that they have acknowledged their role in fueling the obesity epidemic affecting children in our communities.”

Mar considered the announcement a good first step, but said fast food restaurants “need to do much more to meet basic nutritional standards to cut fat, sugar, salt and calories especially in their meals targeted to children in which they use toys to lure our youth into habits of eating unhealthy junk food.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com