McDonald's Corp. will pay $8.5 million to settle a lawsuit
accusing the fast-food giant of failing to inform consumers of delays in a
plan to reduce fat in the cooking oil used for its popular french fries and
BanTransFats.com, a nonprofit advocacy group, sued McDonald's
state court in 2003, alleging the company did not effectively
the public that it had not switched to a healthier cooking oil.
September 2002, McDonald's announced it would lower trans fat in its
oils and said the switch would be completed in five months. In
McDonald's announced a delay. The lawsuit accused the Oak
company of failing to adequately inform consumers of that
agreement announced Wednesday requires McDonald's to pay $7 million to
American Heart Association to use the proceeds to educate the public
trans fats in foods. Heart-clogging trans fat is made when
hydrogen to vegetable oil - a process called
settlement also requires McDonald's to spend $1.5 million
it has not followed through on its 2002 pledge.
Additionally, the company
will pay $7,500 to BanTransFats.com and $7,500 to
Katherine Fettke, who had
filed a separate complaint against McDonald's and
has also agreed to settle.
has reduced the amount of trans fat in its Chicken McNuggets,
and McChicken sandwiches, said spokesman Walt Riker.
He said the company
is working to reduce trans fat in its other fried foods.
to test. We want to make sure we get it right for our
customers,'' he said.
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