McDonald’s is now taking fitness trackers off of their Happy Meals after several health complaints from customers.
Several customers have reported experiencing skin irritation after wearing the toy. “We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated with wearing the band,” said McDonald’s during an interview. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and we are fully investigating this issue.”
The fast-food giant temporary moved from its traditional Happy Meal to a Step-it fitness tracker in the US and Canada, as part of McDonald’s new goal to promote a healthier image. The fast-food chain was observed to be making some good changes in their meals like swapping margarine to butter, selling and testing kale salad as part of their menu, and switching from lettuce to more colorful vegetables.
McDonald’s corporate chef Jessica Foust said that a lot of people are assuming things about the chain’s food. “The industry, in general, is challenged because there’s a stigma in general about what [quick-service restaurant] food is, and that is very, very unfortunate. Personally, I don’t think that helps people eat well,” she said.
The Happy Meal has been receiving bad comments since critics of the chain claim that McDonald’s is promoting their fattening meals to appeal to children since the meal is complete with a toy. This is said to play a huge role in childhood obesity.
In 2004, McDonald’s started offering apples in kids’ meals but only realized seven years later that it only confuses kids and parents, so they adjusted the meal to have both apply and fewer fries.
A critic reported last year that many parents are now wary of buying food from the chain for their kids. They even mentioned that Starbuck has all the advantage by saying, “Starbucks is virtually the only large incumbent that can offer millennial parents the convenience of a (fast food chain) and food they would not feel guilty/embarrassed to feed to their kids.”
Even with all these changes, McDonald’s still believe that they need to improve their meals to promote a healthier lifestyle.
Source: Business Insider