Report: McDonald's admits to fattier fries

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Roman Bystrianyk, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. "Report: McDonald's admits to fattier fries", CNN Money, February 8,

    McDonald's french fries contain one third more trans fat than
    previously reported, according to a published report.

    The Financial Times said that McDonald's revealed a new reading on the
    level of the potentially harmful substance under new U.S. government
    rules on food labels to specify the level of the trans fat in food

    The newspaper reports that the company is now reporting that a larger
    order of its french fries have eight grams of trans fats, rather than
    the previously-reported six grams.

    "It makes it harder to trust McDonald's if they suddenly have
    strikingly different (trans fat) numbers," Michael Jackson, the
    executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest,
    told the Times.

    Cathy Kapica, the company's global direction of nutrition, told the
    newspaper that the new reading is because the company is continually
    improving its testing methods.

    "We promptly updated the information on our Web site. We will continue
    to provide our customers with the most current, accurate nutrition
    information possible," she said.

    There is no "recommended" safe level of trans fat. The independent
    Institute of Medicine sent a letter to the FDA during its rule making
    on trans fat in which it "recommend(s) that trans fatty acid
    consumption be as low as possible while consuming a nutritionally
    adequate diet."

    Trans fats are created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil in an
    effort to extend the shelf-life of products such as cooking oils. The
    Food and Drug Administration says trans fats can cause a rise in
    so-called "bad cholesterol" and increase the risk of heart attacks. It
    estimates that its new rules on labeling will encourage Americans to
    reduce their intake of trans fats and help prevent 600 to 1,200 heart
    attacks annually within three years.

    The six grams of trans fats previously reported by McDonald's was
    already slightly above the FDA's estimates for the average daily intake
    of trans fats in the average adult American's diet.

    The company has been under scrutiny for its use of trans fats, and in
    2002 promised to cut by half the trans fats in its french fries.

    But in 2004 a public interest group,, sued McDonald's,
    saying it had broken that promise. McDonald's settled that suit a year
    ago, agreeing to spend $1.5 million notifying customers that it had not
    changed its oil to one lower in trans fats, and agreeing to donate $7
    million to the American Heart Association for education on the danger
    of trans fats, in addition to agreeing to pay plaintiffs' attorney

    McDonald's french fries are among its products highest in trans fats.
    The only products on its Web site listed as having more than eight
    grams of trans fats are its deluxe breakfast with 11 grams and the
    10-piece chicken select strips, which has nine grams. By comparison,
    its signature Big Mac hamburger has 1.5 grams of trans fats, according
    to its Web site.

  2. Max C.

    Max C. Guest

    I remember that lawsuit from It sounds like
    MickeyD's is asking for yet another law suit. Hope it happens.