McDonald's to pay $8.5M to settle trans fats suit

Stephen Joseph sued over complaints the firm did not properly inform the public of delays in plans to lessen the trans fats in cooking oils.

The Toronto Star
February 12, 2005

McDonald's to pay $8.5M to settle trans fats suit

McDonald's has agreed to pay $8.5 million (U.S.) to settle a suit over artery-clogging trans fats in its cooking oils. McDonald's said it will donate $7 million to the American Heart Association and also spend $1.5 million to inform the public of its trans fat plans.

The settlement is the result of litigation from a San Francisco-area activist who has been seeking to raise public awareness of the health dangers from the trans fatty acids. Stephen Joseph sued over complaints the firm did not properly inform the public of delays in plans to lessen the trans fats in cooking oils.


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