06/22/2010 // US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Washington – A consumer advocacy group has threatened to sue McDonald’s over the marketing of their Happy Meal toys. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Center for Science in the Public Interest asserts the marketing of the toys to children is deceptive.
CSPI’s Stephen Gardner is quoted by Reuters as stating in a letter to McDonalds, “McDonald’s marketing has the effect of conscripting America’s children into an unpaid drone army of word-of-mouth marketers, causing them to nag their parents to bring them to McDonald’s.”
McDonald’s Vice President of Communications, William Whitman, is quoted in the report as saying in a statement in response to the lawsuit threat, “We are proud of our Happy Meal which gives our customers wholesome food and toys of the highest quality and safety… Getting a toy is just one part of a fun, family experience at McDonald’s.”
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