McDonald's blasted over fatty foods

Richard Ellis, vice-president of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, conceded in committee testimony that the company had failed to achieve its targets. New Democrat MP Pat Martin accused the fast-food chain of “poisoning” its customers with transfats, which are known to raise blood cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease. “It’s the biggest public health risk since the war on tobacco,” Martin said, after confronting a McDonald’s spokesman during committee debate. “Another generation of children is being poisoned as we speak.”

The Barrie Examiner
May 14, 2004

McDonald's blasted over fatty foods

OTTAWA (CP) – McDonald’s Restaurants was battered by the Commons health committee Thursday for not reducing heart-clogging transfats in its french fries, chicken McNuggets and other products, despite a public commitment to do so.

Richard Ellis, vice-president of McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, conceded in committee testimony that the company had failed to achieve its targets.

New Democrat MP Pat Martin accused the fast-food chain of “poisoning” its customers with transfats, which are known to raise blood cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease.

“It’s the biggest public health risk since the war on tobacco,” Martin said, after confronting a McDonald’s spokesman during committee debate. “Another generation of children is being poisoned as we speak.”

Trans fat is made when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oil - a process called hydrogenation.

In September 2002 McDonald’s U.S.A. announced that it would cut transfats in its fries 48 per cent by using improved cooking oil. A similar announcement was made in Canada.


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