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McDonald’s Chops Cheeseburgers From Happy Meal Menu and No One Is Happy

Fast food giant’s chocolate milk beverage option will be poured down the drain by 2022

As part of an ongoing initiative to make its food healthier for kids, McDonald’s plans to remove the cheeseburger and chocolate milk options from its Happy Meal menu by 2022.

The adults are not taking this very well. See a sample of the unhappy Twitter reactions below.

In the interest of fairness, here are the statements from McDonald’s Thursday announcement:

“We recognize the opportunity that we have to support families as one of the most visited restaurants in the world, and remain committed to elevating our food, celebrating the joy of reading, and helping those in need through Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s president and CEO. “Given our scale and reach, we hope these actions will bring more choices to consumers and uniquely benefit millions of families, which are important steps as we build a better McDonald’s.”

“From day one, Healthier Generation knew our work with McDonald’s could influence broad scale improvements to meal options for kids everywhere,” added Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “Today’s announcement represents meaningful progress to impact kids’ calories, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar in Happy Meal bundles as offered on menu boards – and to promote more water. This sets a high bar, and we hope other industry leaders will follow suit.”

 “As a nutritionist and a mom, this is a pivotal moment as we unveil new, ambitious goals in collaboration with Healthier Generation that we hope will positively impact families around the world,” said Julia Braun, MPH, registered dietitian and head of Global Nutrition at McDonald’s. “Our efforts have led to big changes and real progress and as part of our continued food journey, we’re committed to making it easier for families to choose balanced options that will make measurable differences.”