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McDonald's threatened with lawsuit over Happy Meal toys

June 22, 2010 |  3:53 pm

Shrek They're probably hatin' it.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group focused on food issues, announced Tuesday that it's threatening to sue McDonald's for offering toys with Happy Meals.

From the CSPI announcement: "Using toys to lure small children into McDonald’s is unfair and deceptive marketing and is illegal under various state consumer protection laws. CSPI today served McDonald’s a notice of its intent to sue."

McDonald's, which in a statement objected to CSPI's portrayal of their business practices, recently launched Shrek-themed Happy Meals aimed at encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy and fruit juice. But CSPI says that kids still are given fries 93% of the time with those meals.

— Rosie Mestel

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