Skip to comments.McDonald’s pays $10m damages (misled Hindus and vegetarians by “wrongly describing” fries)
Posted on 05/22/2005 4:20:10 PM PDT by Libloather
McDonalds pays $10m damages
Silicon Valley (PTI): Fast food giant McDonalds will pay $10 million to 24 groups, including the International American Gita Society, as part of a settlement of lawsuits.
McDonalds has been charged with misleading Hindus and vegetarian consumers by wrongly describing its French fries, containing beef additive for flavouring, as vegetarian.
McDonalds recently informed the Gita society that it is among the groups receiving the settlement money, the US-based non-profit organisations spokesperson, Ramananda Prasad, said.
We are such a small organisation, and nobody supports us, the temples are busy with their own activities, Prasad, who founded the society in 1984, said.
The society will get $50,000 from McDonalds. The money will be used for developing a website on the Gita, especially a Gita for children, Prasad said.
A US court approved the 24 groups after a Seattle lawyer, Harish Bharti, filed a class lawsuit against the company, accusing it of deception in its claims of cooking fries in 100 per cent vegetable oil.
The maximum compensation of $1.4 million, or 14 per cent of the award, goes to Vegetarian Resource Group, followed by $1 million to the North American Vegetarian Society.
They've got enough loot to eat at fast food joints...
Meaning more break-ins, vanadalism, arson, and death threats against farmers and scientists.
McDonald's fries are the most OVERRATED food known to man. Skin fries at the local bar are far superior to Mickey Ds sorry excuse for fried potatoes.
How much does it cost to buy a Quiki-Mart franchise?
I have never eaten at a McDonald's in my life. Tell me, what am I missing out on?
Here here! I agree. You know what's wierd is that Jack in the crotch's fries are pretty good now that they changed the recipe.
How much did the lawyers get?
Money! If you spill hot coffee or over eat or are offended by the food description!
I can't understand the basis in law for a vegetarian group profiting from the injuries received by someone eating a freakin french fry. It's always the liberals who are bleating about the lack of civility in this country, yet they're the ones who eat a bad french fry and consider it a crime.
I can understand why it's wrong to say a product has no animal products in it when it's a french fry, but someone eating fast food has no right to complain about the ingredients not being "pure". Any mophead can tell you you never know what's going in your mouth when you eat anything you haven't prepared yourself.
I agree but how could MCD be so stupid and think they would get away with something like that.
Give me a break! I'm not a McDonalds fan. Let these Hindus and vegetarians learn how to read. I don't feel sorry for them at all. I side with McDonalds on this one.
If you have never eaten at a McDonalds and you don't feel like you've missed anything, then I guess you aren't missing out on anything.
Oh wait...is this where you wanted someone to try to convince you to try a meal at McDs so you could smugly inform them that you care too much about your body to fill it with such junk.
Actually I like junk, but I prefer quality junk.
Wonder what part of the cow that additive came from?
How did the lawyers find out there was beef additive in the cooking oil?
My understanding of the McDonald's frenchfry process is that the fries are dipped in corn sugar (dextrose) which makes them look uniformly nice when cooked in their 100 percent vegetable oil. Grandma used to do the same thing when she sprinkled sugar on bacon.
What makes it misleading is that they also cook other things in that same oil, such as their Chicken McNuggets (made from mechanically deboned meat).
So, It starts off as 100 percent vegetable oil, but doesnt end up that way.
On the other hand, some molecule of water or fat from their meat from a fried hamburger could fly up and into your coke.
Oh, now I am ritually unclean for that too!
Don't assume that of Alloute. He's cool.
What part of meat, potatoes, tomatoes etc. do you think are not nutricious?
Any grown American man who has not eaten at a McDonald's even once in his life is well... odd.
"I have never eaten at a McDonald's in my life. Tell me, what am I missing out on?"
I've eaten at McDonald's three times in one day before...
Well for one thing, Big Macs!
america is such a blessing for immigrants!
Gita? What's a Gita? A female Git, perhaps? Seems the most likely explanation.
McDonalds fed Hindu's beef additive!
It would be funnier if they fed Muslims pork!
Not when they were cooked in beef fat - best fries ever.
Plus when the food was sitting under heat lamps and packaged in styrofoam containers....that's when Mickey D's was the best until they succumbed to this PC nonsense to liberal special-interest groups.
Me neither... so I can't help you. Those fast "food" joints don't serve food fit for a dog.
As with anything liberal, this has nothing to do with fact and logic. This is just another episode in the art of the shakedown. Income redistribution in disguise.
In a just world, the headline should have been missing the "0m"
Indigestion and high blood pressure.
Mickey didn't lie, this all started back before Mickey switched to vegetable oil for it's frying vats. If the Hindus and vegan freaks had read the nutrition guide, which Mickey gives out for the asking and often posts on the walls of their burger joints, they would have known that beef fat was part of the cooking oil.
I don't bother asking for a nutrition guide when I eat at a restaurant because I don't have any hangups about not eating meat, or much of anything else except fish bait passed off as people food, IOW sushi. BUT if I was a Hindu and thought I would go straight to hell if I swallowed a few drops of animal fat I would certainly read the guide, or at least ask a server about it, at any restaurant where I ate.
Exactly. Just amazing. These judges seem to think their duty is to "spread the wealth" and they don't seem to grasp that a civilization exists due to a system being put in place and agreed to, NOT by supporting some mythical all-encompassing life-enhancing body intended to give some of those rich-people bucks to "the poor".
" Let these Hindus and vegetarians learn how to read."
According to the article, McDonald's is the who misled them by stating that their fries were cooked in %100 vegetable oil. I'm sure that if McDonald's had displayed it otherwise, there wouldn't have been a problem.
So their new web site is called Gita-Life.com ?
They don't eat cows, and McDonald's lied to them.
Hey, can I sue McD for not being kosher? I mean, every fast food joint in Israel (Burger King, KFC, even the Sbarro's that got bombed) is kosher except for McD. And I've read that they always try to accommodate "local cuisine and customs."
I wonder whether any Orthodox Christian groups were beneficiaries of the settlement? Although our dietary restrictions are only intermittent (most Wednesdays and Fridays, plus four extended fast periods) during any of our fasts we avoid all products from vertebrates (hey, I don't make up the rules, I just try to follow them), so a beef extract is right out.
(And it wasn't contantamination from frying other foods in the same oil--the fries were actually sprayed with a beef extract which was why in the old days they tasted better than other fast-food fries and had the reputation of being the only thing worth buying at McD's. The idea was to simulate the flavor of real old-fashioned fries cooked in rendered animal fat while being able to claim them as cooked in polyunsaturated vegetable oil for the anti-cholesterol panache.)
You can if they run ads which strongly imply that some of their dishes are kosher when they aren't.
Just a reminder - 'vegetarian' is an old Indian word for 'poor hunter'...
Hindus living in the US is a bit silly when they complain that while coming to America, a beef eating nation, they get beef parts in their food. If they would stop thinking cows are their relatives, life for them would be simpler. In fact, they can stay in the East since they don't like they way we live.
Considering that this is a religious based suit, I am surprised the courts even accepted it. I wonder if a Christian suit would also be accepted.
Now, yes, but back in the day before Mickey D's caved you didn't eat the fries, you only sucked the grease off them.
I think that's true of ANY shoestring fries. I'll take those skin fries--or better yet, crinkle-cut!--anyday.
French fries suck these days.
It's not exactly gourmet dining, but they serve more than burgers and fries. For example, you can get this salad with Paul Newman's vinaigrette dressing (add 40 calories):
Their $1 double cheeseburger is actually pretty good. Better than most of the other sandwiches.