McDonald’s Canada to put yogurt in happy meals
TORONTO — McDonald’s Canada is adding dairy and trimming some of the fat from its Happy Meals as part of a broader health push. By the beginning of next year, the children’s meal boxes will come with a serving of strawberry yogurt and a smaller, 31-gram serving of fries that contains 100 calories.
The changes come as the fast food industry faces criticism from health officials and others, who blame the chains for childhood obesity and other health-related problems. Louis Payette, a spokesman for McDonald’s Canada, said the initiative will be tested in the fall and rolled out at the end of the year.
“It’s all part of our menu evolution, which is an ongoing process,” said Payette. “We’re continuing to listen to our customers and trying to meet their needs. People are asking us for more variety, more choice, and we’re glad to provide it to them.” McDonald’s Corp. in the U.S. also announced changes to its Happy Meal on Tuesday. It plans to include a half-order of apples and a half-order of fries, with all fries or all apples available on request.
Flaherty confident U.S. can hammer out debt solution
BURLINGTON, Ont. — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he’s “relatively confident” U.S. legislators will reach an agreement allowing them to raise the debt ceiling for that country. But he warns that if the American government was to default on its loans, it would have consequences for the world economy and for Canada. Flaherty says he is consulting regularly with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the matter. The concern is that U.S. legislators might not agree on raising the amount of debt the country is able to take on before an Aug. 2 deadline and that could send shock waves through global financial markets. Flaherty warns that a default could lead to interest rates going up and credit becoming less available.