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Following the lead of other large fast-food chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s, Dairy Queen has agreed to remove sodas from its listing of kids’ meals on menu boards and replace them with milk and water.
According to a letter addressed to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), who had urged Dairy Queen to take such action, Dairy Queen’s Franchise Advisory Council voted unanimously to remove soft drinks from kids’ menu.
The change will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2015 when new menu board panels arrive at franchise locations.
“Dairy Queen deserves credit for being responsive to the concerns of parents, who increasingly want to be able to order off the kids’ menu without having to say ‘no’ to soda,” said CSPI nutrition policy director Margo G. Wootan in a press release. “That DQ’s Franchise Advisory Council voted unanimously to adopt this policy shows the depth of the company’s commitment.”
Dairy Queen’s decision is poised to positively impact the health of Latino kids, who tend to drink more sugary drinks than their peers.