Happy Meal gets a makeover
July 26th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Happy Meal gets a makeover

McDonald’s Happy Meals are getting their fat and calories trimmed, the fast food giant announced Tuesday.

The seemingly ubiquitous Happy Meals that have drawn the ire of health advocates and have been blamed for contributing to childhood obesity, will carry apple slices, reduced portion of french fries and a choice of beverage, including new fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low-fat white milk.

The core of the Happy Meal will remain the same as kids will still get fries (a smaller portion) and a choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger or chicken nuggets.   All beverages, including milk, fruit juice, water and soda, continue to be options for the Happy Meal.

The changes are scheduled to begin September with the hopes that all 14,000 restaurants will transition to the new Happy Meals by the first quarter of 2012.

The suggested retail price of the Happy Meal will not change, remaining between $2.99 and $3.49.

“By adding fruit in every Happy Meal, McDonald’s hopes to address a challenge children face in meeting the recommended daily consumption of produce,” according to the corporation’s statement.

The new Happy Meal with four pieces of McNuggets, apple slices, smaller French Fries and 1% milk has 410 calories, 19 grams of fat and 560 milligrams of sodium.

The makeover of the Happy Meal comes after cities and counties began considering Happy Meal toy bans over concerns about nutritional quality and marketing towards children. Happy Meal toys have been banned in San Francisco, and a New York council member  has proposed a similar measure this year.

Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, said McDonald’s had to change its nutritional content because of political and community pressures.

“I see this as a positive development,” he said.  “The companies have recognized the pressures from the public, the community and parents to offer healthier choices for children.  They’ve begun to respond.   There have been criticisms of what they serve children for many years. In the past years, the pressure has intensified, the White House concern about childhood obesity is one source of that pressure.”

First lady Michelle Obama who has spearheaded a public health campaign to prevent childhood obesity commended McDonald's for making "progress today by providing more fruit and reducing the calories in its Happy Meals.  I've always said that everyone has a role to play in making America healthier, and these are positive steps toward the goal of solving the problem of childhood obesity."

McDonald’s promised continuing changes to the nutrition in its meals.

“McDonald’s has been engaging suppliers, government and non-government organizations to determine ways it could play a role in helping society address today’s obesity concerns,”  the company’s press release said.  “McDonald’s will develop additional fruit and vegetable choices and expects them to roll out over the next few years.”

The apples were not very popular in Happy Meals - only 11% of all kid's meal purchases included the fruit option.  Many customers were not aware of apples as an option, according to the company. They will become a default item on the children’s meal.

The fast food giant also pledged to reduce sodium 15% across the board in its menu by 2015.  It recently reduced sodium by 10% in most of its chicken offerings, including the Chicken McNuggets.

McDonald’s also vowed to reduce added sugars, saturated fat and calories through varied portion sizes, reformulations and innovations by 2020.

Brownell said he hoped that reduced sodium and apples in the menu would not give parents “permission to go to McDonalds more than they did before. That’s not a good development.”

It’s a good first step, but doesn’t solve the problem, according to a statement from Corporate Accountability International, which is a frequent critic of McDonald’s.  It released a statement saying that McDonald’s “deserves credit for not only taking these steps, but for acknowledging its role in today’s epidemic of diet-related disease in so doing.”

“McDonald’s is taking steps in the right direction, but we should be careful in heaping praise on corporations for simply reducing the scope of the problem they continue to create,” said Kelle Louaillier, executive director of Corporate Accountability International.  “Ultimately corporate responsibility is not about securing public relations for cleaning up your own mess, but for not creating the problem in the first place. In this case, that means stopping the marketing of junk food to kids.”

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  1. chris

    I have a lot of respect that McDonalds is actually doing something to help combat childhood obesity. Though these steps might not seem like a complete fix to the problem I believe that McDonalds is doing all they are required to do at this point to send a positive message. McDonalds is always going to sell greasy burgers and fries because thats how they make money. I have not personally at a a fast food place in over 5 years. It ultimately falls on the parents to not allow the kids to eat this stuff. There is not a single child out there that is paying for this food with his/her own money. Our nation is fat as a result of a lot of bad parents.

    July 26, 2011 at 22:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Number2

      So they added chemically coated apple slices that magically don't go brown when left in their plastic bags, without refrigeration, for hours..... My kid left some on the counter overnight and they didn't brown.... I think I'll have my kids stick with the french fries. They'll get their fruit from a source a little less scary

      July 27, 2011 at 01:26 | Report abuse |
    • pat

      Number2, I put lemon juice on apple slices to keep them from turning brown and it works beautifully. How do you know they are using chemicals for such an easy thing to fix?

      July 27, 2011 at 02:57 | Report abuse |
    • mouselol

      What a load of BS from Rotten Ronney's. They don't give a rats behind about the kids. What they care about is keeping our kids and ourself addicted to high fat, salt and sugar and they add toys to keep the kids coming back and keep their profit margins going up and up, all while our children's waistlines grow wider and wider. Lets be real here.
      So on top of apple slices which have been chemically altered to keep them from browning instead of just giving acutal fresh apples which are sliced on the spot before service, which if you've ever tasted them, they taste chemically altered, they add a container of overly sweetened caramel sauce. I'm sorry, but no parent on the planet should give their kids Mickey Dee's.
      After eating 4 McNuggest I feel like crap from all the grease and not to mention the entire day's worth of salt in the 4 McNuggets. I would rather take my kids to Scores which is a restaurant here in Quebec and let them have the salad bar with fresh fruit, veggie's, soups, salads, pasta/chick pea/potato salads and know I've fed them better.
      Shame on McDonalds. We do see through you ya know!

      July 27, 2011 at 11:53 | Report abuse |
    • jackaroe23

      all of McDonald's is chemically grown? what about it is even remotely safe to eat. Apples are not the best fruit selection. personally i think eat fast food is like smoking cigarettes... you're making a choice to decay yourself. unfortunately children do not get to make this choice. parents are doing it for them. apple slices filled with chemicals, french fries filled with fats and gmo, burgers filled with fat and gmo and top it off with a gmo soda!!! woot woot... what a healthy society. and we are all wondering why insurance is so high... oy vey

      July 27, 2011 at 12:54 | Report abuse |
  2. Emma

    So according to Mr. Gupta, McDonalds is the largest buyer of apples. therefore McDonalds is good. What a suckup comment. McDonalds should also be classified as the largest producer of obese human beings in the planet. Nothing McDonalds ever sells could be classified as healthy. Gupta should be embarrassed he made such a comment.

    July 26, 2011 at 22:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thames

      Apples and potatoes are on the "dirty dozen" list - the top 12 fruits and vegetables contaminated by pesticides.

      Chicken, beef, and milk are also highly contaminated with pesticides, hormones, and cholesterol.

      It's still sick.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:06 | Report abuse |
  3. Matt

    whatever, "fat free" this, "fat free" that.... it's not about fat, look at french people – they eat fatty food and yet they are skinny and healthy, it's about calories and chemicals fast food is full of... I'm not even talking about 560 milligrams of sodium. MCDonalds should be banned for anyone under 18 or 21 just like tobacco and alcohol

    July 26, 2011 at 23:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dirtydog1776

      Who died and made you King. Obama?

      July 26, 2011 at 23:51 | Report abuse |
    • mouselol

      Matt is completely right. You only get one body and one life (unless you're Shirley Maclaine then you get plenty.) What you put in it and how you live matters. What you put and is what you get out. If you're eating fast food regurlarly because it's cheap and then complain you've suddenly gotten type ii diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, or any other ailment because you now can't fit into the size pants you're wearing, you have only yourself to blame period. If you're kids are obese and there is no medical reason for it, you have yourself to blame again period! Smarten up people!

      July 27, 2011 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • Funny...

      Healthy Fats ARE good for you, Mcdonalds however is not a healthy fat. Try avocados, cheese, nuts ect. If you want your kids to be healthy you probably dont go to the drive thrus much, you stay home and cook and prepare. I think its a personal choice what you eat, and what you feed your kids. But please be informed, that way when you become obese you will not wonder how it happened.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:00 | Report abuse |
  4. angemomma

    I find it rediculous that McDonalds has changed the Happy Meal because it makes kids fat. What makes kids fat are their irresponsible parents who are lazy & think they need to do fast food daily instead of make a healthy meal at home. In moderation there is nothing wrong w/ McDonalds or any other fast food! Also, I don't want apple slices in my Happy Meal, I want fries & want them to remain the same size. Yes, I am a responsible parent!

    July 26, 2011 at 23:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ronnie


      July 27, 2011 at 07:38 | Report abuse |
    • citygirl

      Thank you! Exactly Right! I too am a responsible parent of four children and sometimes they want apple slices and some times they want fries – so what???? There is no harm. I'm sorry but let's STOP blamming food and look at the fact that kids don't PLAY anymore.... used to be summer vacation meant outside at 9 till noon then back out from dinner to dark! Riding bikes, playing football, swimming, ACTION – not sitting in front of the TV, xBox or computer! THAT is where the problem rests – NOT on having fries with meals! I too want my fries and am tired of everyone else making choices for myself and my children. Well said, anegemomm!

      July 27, 2011 at 08:08 | Report abuse |
    • jackaroe23

      exactly!!! me too... my children have been mcdonald deprived their whole lives!

      July 27, 2011 at 12:56 | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Exactly. When I go to McDonald's I am not expecting a healthy meal. That's not what I'm going there for. I'm there for my once or twice a year salt and fat fest. I wouldn't let my kids touch those apples. And don't take away the toys either! I know the food is unhealthy, and that's why I don't go there often. It's not McD's that's making people sick with obesity etc.... it's people's choices.

      July 27, 2011 at 12:56 | Report abuse |
    • mikalegreen@gmail.com

      Completely agree! Its the parents and individuals responsibility to watch what they eat. No one goes to McDonalds to get something healthy, you want fries. If you want to eat a healthy meal, then duh...dont go to Mcdonalds.

      August 16, 2011 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
  5. Elizabeth

    I disagree with cutting the size of the frys and adding apples, they should leave it one or the other. It is going to be alot of wasted apples. I do not buy kids meals for my girls 3-5 years they get a nugget combo and split it. They get more food and its cheaper. Now with that being said we use to do fast food all the time but now with the money the way it is it is a treat to go out. We have went to Mcdonalds and after going thru with drawl there food is nasty. I really cant eat it. It gives us belly aches. Now we have been going to a family resturant that has a buffet and everyone gets what they want. We always start at the fruit and salad bar eat that than move to the main course followed by ice cream if there food is ate. So people that love fast food go without for one month than go try it again and see if you still like it!

    July 26, 2011 at 23:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sharon

    I have worked the playground at schools for years. I can tell you exactly what these kids will eat. Hamburger, french fries and a soft drink. It will be up to the parent to make sure they eat the apples, drink the milk and other healthy foods. Don't be foolish to think that any child knows what is healthy and what is not, it is the PARENTS responsibility to teach their children to limit themselves to happy meals. How many times a week do some of these children eat at McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box or any other fast food place. Mom comes home from work, too tired to fix another meal and off to get some fast foods. While she happily texts her friends, she is not interested in what her children are eating, it is just too easy to feed them what they want, not necessarily what they need. Parents, stand up and be parents. Say no, fast foods maybe twice a week and that should be the limit.

    July 26, 2011 at 23:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • citygirl

      Well said, Sharon! Parents, stand up and be parents! Fast food once in a while was a TREAT for us growing up and it is with my own children. Two of four are out of the house and they still view it as a treat!

      July 27, 2011 at 08:11 | Report abuse |
  7. Grace S

    It's all about choices. We definitely need healthier options out there. My husband and I became vegetarian several years ago and I cannot imagine going back to eating unhealthy. Lucky for us, our kids aren't picky eaters and are willing to try all kinds of food, but as a teacher, I know not all kids are like that. There definitely needs to be more child-friendly healthy options available to families and their children.

    July 27, 2011 at 00:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Ryan

    If any fast food restaurants care about offering healthy choices, and not just appearing to offer healthy choices (i.e. salads that aren't healthy), why don't they have whole wheat buns available?

    July 27, 2011 at 00:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Dick Cheney

    It's not their fault your kids are fat but don't let the facts get in the way of another frivolous lawsuit.

    July 27, 2011 at 00:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Josh

      Their constant and relentless adversing aimed at children is indeed a major cause.

      "Hay kids, don't take 'no' from your parents. Demand a Happy Meal today! "

      July 27, 2011 at 07:18 | Report abuse |
  10. Susanna

    I find it absolutely incredible that anyone would blame any fast food restaurant for making anyone fat! No one is forcing people to eat there. We have all kinds of choices in life and if you decide to eat fast food, guess what? You've made a DECISION to do so. If you eat it once every few months, you won't get fat. Eat it several times a week and you do. Simple. I've never been a fan of corporations so I'm not defending them; I'm just tired of people finding everyone but themselves to blame for their choices.

    July 27, 2011 at 00:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. corntrader19

    No fries and no toys. It is now an "Unhappy Meal" now.

    July 27, 2011 at 01:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Ben Hutchins

    "I think so, Brain, but if they called them Sad Meals kids wouldn't buy them."

    July 27, 2011 at 01:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Marti

    Hamburgers and fries have always been around. Our mothers used to cook with lard. It's not the fatty foods that put on the weight, it's that we exercise less. Our kids are growing up in front of video games and TV, and it's not totally their fault. It's not as safe for them to roam the neighborhoods like we used to. As for my own grandkids, I do buy them Happy Meals and half the time they ask for the apples. The new Happy Meal, by the way, will include both. My little ones never eat all the french fries anyway, so a lesser portion is better. As for the pre-schoolers, the energy they have burns off a heck of a lot of calories. If they're much older than that, the Happy Meal isn't enough food for them. So we're talking about pretty young kids. I think this fuss about McDonald's is really blown out of proportion. Check out the cereal aisle at the grocery store and then tell me what you think the real problem is.

    July 27, 2011 at 02:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nan

      I totally agree. Now a 58 year old grandma of two granddaughters, I grew up on homemade pie crust pies, lard fried french fries, and a homemade dessert several x a week. I use olive oil, and rarely make dessert, but did make something when all the family was alive, well, and here.

      It's all about variety, moderation, exercise, etc. All this ridiculous expectation of everyone for the restaurants to fix our lives, the teachers to fix our lives, and doctor's to come through and fix our lives is ridiculous. When did parents and growing teens/young adults 'deserve' this? We all have a brain. People need to use them to decide their own decisions.

      I am a nurse and now a high school teacher. I refuse to tell my students WHAT to think. I give them facts and have them write a lot of summaries/opinions through out the year, and they learn so much. We do a confidential 3 day food diary and then I help each one SELF analyze their own choices and they about fall over with what they find out. It is a very informative nutrition unit I love to do. They are so wonderful and they become better at knowing just what they are doing to their bodies.

      Example of typical day was:
      Poptart for breakfast.
      Chocolate bar, fries, and sugary drink for lunch.
      After school snack: ANY fast food restaurant large fries.
      Supper. (on the way to their part time job)....more drive through.

      Most of them analyzed themselves as having: too much sodium, NO calcium, barely any protein, TONS of fat, quite a few carbohydrates. I had them analyze their 3 days of B vitamins, sodium (salt), calciium, and their diet compared to the food guide pyramid.

      They were in shock! They did basically terrible!!!! They learned so much and most started to drink more milk and eat at least ONE raw fruit or veggie...


      Rome wasn't built in a day and I was proud of them! 🙂

      I tell them all year that every person on the planet is accountable for their own choices, of ALL types.

      July 27, 2011 at 08:17 | Report abuse |
  14. TampaMel

    First I never eat at McDonalds (hate the food). Anyway I cannot believe this, are we really asking restaurants to parent for us. Also, why are fast food restaurants the target? Slow cooked meals make people fat also (how do you like your pasta). It is NOT the food we eat. it is how much of the food we eat and how much of that food is burned off in our day to day lives. It is the parent's resonsibility to make sure our children eat well and exercise. Just say, "get off the couch and do something physical". My wife and I did that because WE are the parents and they were OUR children. This is called 'personal responsibility', take it.

    July 27, 2011 at 05:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nan

      AMEN! I totally agree with you!!

      July 27, 2011 at 08:19 | Report abuse |
  15. Josh

    So, McDonald's solution is to simply reduce the size of the french fies, but still charge the same.

    That sounds much more like a drive to increase profits, and doing such while attemping to SPIN IT to be a healthy change.

    Well, McDonald, you aren't going to FOOL ME.

    July 27, 2011 at 07:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ANON

      This is SO far beyond the point, but since you seem to be offended that they might be cheating you by reducing the portion of fries and charging the same I will remind you that they are also ADDING a portion of apples. So the kid will get fewer fries, PLUS apples. Instead of a larger portion of fries, OR apples. Is this clear enough now?

      July 27, 2011 at 13:43 | Report abuse |
  16. Brandy

    ummmmm has anyone thought that maybe the reason kids dont choose apples is because they taste like crap????? my children have chosen the apples many times, and they are disgusting. I'm not going to force them to eat something I wont eat! I love fruit, I was raised eating fruit and veggies everyday, but those apples are sour and bitter and the carmel sauce makes it worse! Maybe mcD's should give other fruit options like maybe fresh watermelon in the summer, or oranges or strawberrys... my kids love the oranges at wendys, thats what they get everytime we go there...

    July 27, 2011 at 12:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. micki

    There is nothing McDonalds could do to make their crap better for children or anyone else – take a look at the people eating there – wake up America – GO VEGAN – meat,meat by products and dairy are not good for anyone – watch the movie FORKS OVER KNIVES – take control of your own health – STOP EATING AT MCDONALDS – OR ANY FAST FOOD FOR THAT MATTER !!!

    July 27, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pam


      July 27, 2011 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      LOVE THIS! 🙂

      July 27, 2011 at 22:18 | Report abuse |
  18. Jackie

    Maybe parents should kick their kids outside to play once in a while instead of blaming their fat kids on school lunches and happy meals!! Some kids are very active and need those calories. Quit making everyone suffer because of the chubby ones!

    July 27, 2011 at 12:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Pam

    Kids will eat what is available to them. We can "blame" the parents, but most of them aren't any more educated about nutrition than their kids. Inorder to see true change, the govt needs to step in and ban "junk"....(which will never happen). We would have a healthier population and less strain on the health care system as people age! It's surprising how many ailments can be prevented/cured with proper diet.

    July 27, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. June

    Number 2 – keep them away from the french fries as well! Check out the video on YouTube "The Four Year Old Cheeseburger" to see what McD's french fries are really made of!

    July 27, 2011 at 15:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. SJWells

    We were "lucky" enough to be in the test market for this chemically altered children's menu. The fries taste like cardboard, the "dipping sauce" was nauseating (and that is the true reason they removed it) and the apples tasted more like a preservative than a fruit.....I tried an apple slice (because I really like fresh fruit) and realized they had been chemically treated to preserve "freshness"...another term for "we are too cheap to provide fresh fruit to the consumer"...anyway, I just happen to have food allergies and guess what? The artifical preservatives used by McD's gave me the same problems that "chemically stablized for freshness" pre-packaged salads have in the past....No thanks McD's

    July 27, 2011 at 18:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Stephanie

    If people want healthy fast food, pick up a few pieces of organic fruit and go at it. Maybe even a few organic carrots or celery sticks. It's real and real good for you too, not some chemically bathed, peeled apple slices that will probably make kids hate fruit. Last time I checked, it takes less time to reach into your vegetable drawer than sitting in line at some fast food joint.
    And for the love of all that is good, since when is milk a healthy drink? It has naturally occurring trans fats and animal based saturated fat, both of which are known to lead to heart disease. The calcium doesn't help your bones either, as it is acidifying and leaches minerals, like calcium, from your bones. If it was good for us, then why do the countries with the highest consumption of dairy also have the highest incidences of hip fractures and osteoporosis, as well as breast cancer?

    July 27, 2011 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Milk Board

      Milk is good for you, don't think otherwise. Of course tea is better, especially if you get it bagged,

      August 4, 2011 at 23:10 | Report abuse |
  23. Sunny

    If people are so upset about childhood obesity, look at the parents, not the fast food joints. It's the parents who make the money, it's the parents who make the decision of "what should we have for dinner?" it's the parents who end up making bad decisions for their children and buy them a happy meal as opposed to cooking something nutritious for dinner. McDonald's is just a business attempting to keep the public interested and keep people in jobs, if it's so terrible, then don't spend your money there, it's really that simple.

    Personally, I support McDonald's in their attempt to maintain some form of business in this tight economy, especially cutting a few calories out of a meal that reminds me of my childhood. I'm not saying that I would go there every day or that I go there often, actually I go about once every three months, but now I know that if I want to order a happy meal for myself, I'll get a sweet treat that isn't too terrible for me.

    July 28, 2011 at 02:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Duh

    Seriously....why can't parents just be parents. If you don't like the nutritional value or lack of from McDonalds, then wow, don't go there. It isn't that hard. I guess Toys R Us and Walmart better stop advertising toys as well because it is focused towards children. And Chuck E Cheese, they need to not advertise on Saturday morning cartoons because the pizza isn't exactly a good meal or the germ infested tubes. It isn't the responsibility of McDonalds to provide your children nutritional food, it is yours as a parent. If you don't like the food – don't take them there. Quit putting the blame where it doesn't belong.

    July 28, 2011 at 08:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. soldada

    There's a problem with this society if they REALLY go to McDonald's looking for healthy food. McDonald's is a TREAT you are supposed to have every so often. I applaud their attempt at trying to make the idiot parents of America happy and add apples to Happy Meals and downsize the french fries, but it's mommy and daddy's job to make sure the children get adequate nutrition. It's funny how people don't want "big" government or anyone to run their lives, yet, they look to McDonald's to feed their children properly. Hmmm.... I love it. I got an idea, how about we take responsibility for our actions. I think that's a MUCH better plan than having McDonald's feed your children apples saturated in chemicals.

    July 29, 2011 at 16:41 | Report abuse | Reply
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  28. Betty

    I think that the fry portions of the new happy meals are R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You should at least get what your paying for. You're spending like, two bucks on a thing of fries that look like they've already been eaten out of. And also, It's unnatural for mcdonalds to be HEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's been unhealthy since they first established the place, and now they decide to make it healthy!? COME ON!!! The words mcdonalds and healthy don't mix. That would be mchealthydonalds. mchealthydonalds is too long and it doesn't even sound right! If they want a healthy place, be my guest, although I don't think it will do well.

    November 21, 2011 at 01:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Sarah

    I am upset that my friend took my daughter to McDonalds last week and was told that she COULDN"T order just APPLES!!!! If I take my daughter there I order her 4 chicken nuggets, a bag of apple, and some chocolate milk- just to tied her over until we get home. Now they are making children eat french fries!!! This new happy meal IS NOT healthier for the children who weren't allowed to eat the fries in the first place.

    November 27, 2011 at 20:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken

      Just because McDonald's are wanirng people. We eat food products everyday which contain things which aren't good for us, yet because 90% of the people don't know that it's harmful they eat it anyway. Tbh, it would be a pretty boring diet if we cut everything out that was "bad" for us. Oh and no, I don't work for McD's or any other food company.

      August 1, 2012 at 23:09 | Report abuse |
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