McDonalds Faces Three
Lawsuits - Celiac Disease Sufferers Claim the Company Misled Consumers
About their French Fries
McDonald’s is facing at least three lawsuits by people with celiac
disease. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the lawsuits claim
that the company “misled” the public about the ingredients in their
Last week McDonalds revealed that their fries contained both wheat and
dairy products. They may taste great, but the wheat products can cause
gastrointestinal symptoms in people that suffer from celiac disease. In
fact gluten, a protein found in wheat, can cause damage to the
intestines in people with celiac disease.
The Associated press reported that Debra Moffatt of Lombard, Ill., seeks
unspecified damages in a suit filed Friday in the Cook County Circuit
Court. She is accusing the company of misleading the public.
Mark and Theresa Chimiak of Jupiter Florida filed a lawsuit on Friday
claiming that their 5-year old daughter “became seriously ill”.
According to the San Jose Mercury News their daughter, Annalise, had an
intolerance for gluten. The News reported the Chimiaks filed the
lawsuit after McDonald's acknowledged earlier in the week that wheat
ingredients were used in the cooking oil.
The U.S. Food and Drug administration has recently required that the
packaged foods industry report the presence of common allergens
including milk, eggs, wheat, fish or peanuts. McDonalds now includes
the warning on their website that their fries include wheat and milk
Earlier in the month, McDonald’s acknowledged that their french fries
contained a third more trans fats than was previously stated. The
company cited a new testing method for the updated numbers.
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