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McDonald’s pays $10m damages (misled Hindus and vegetarians by “wrongly describing” fries)
The Telegraph ^ | 5/22/05

Posted on 05/22/2005 4:20:10 PM PDT by Libloather

McDonald’s pays $10m damages

Silicon Valley (PTI): Fast food giant McDonald’s will pay $10 million to 24 groups, including the International American Gita Society, as part of a settlement of lawsuits.

McDonald’s has been charged with misleading Hindus and vegetarian consumers by “wrongly describing” its French fries, containing beef additive for flavouring, as vegetarian.

McDonald’s recently informed the Gita society that it is among the groups receiving the settlement money, the US-based non-profit organisation’s 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 McDonald’s. 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.


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KEYWORDS: 10; consumers; damages; describing; french; fries; hindus; mcdonalds; million; misleading; pays; vegetarian; wrongly
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“We are such a small organisation, and nobody supports us..."

They've got enough loot to eat at fast food joints...

1 posted on 05/22/2005 4:20:11 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
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.

Meaning more break-ins, vanadalism, arson, and death threats against farmers and scientists.

2 posted on 05/22/2005 4:24:12 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Libloather

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.


3 posted on 05/22/2005 4:24:12 PM PDT by Clemenza (Regrets, I've had a few...)
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To: Libloather

How much does it cost to buy a Quiki-Mart franchise?


4 posted on 05/22/2005 4:25:10 PM PDT by telebob
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To: Libloather

I have never eaten at a McDonald's in my life. Tell me, what am I missing out on?


5 posted on 05/22/2005 4:27:18 PM PDT by Alouette (Muslims will bite the hand that feeds them, and kiss the boot that kicks them.)
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To: Clemenza

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.


6 posted on 05/22/2005 4:27:23 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx

How much did the lawyers get?


7 posted on 05/22/2005 4:30:06 PM PDT by farsighted
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To: Alouette

Money! If you spill hot coffee or over eat or are offended by the food description!


8 posted on 05/22/2005 4:33:26 PM PDT by handy old one (It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle)
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To: Libloather
McDonald's fries WERE awesome, before they went to all-vegetable oil.

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.

9 posted on 05/22/2005 4:36:02 PM PDT by Darkwolf (aka Darkwolf377 lurker since'01, member since 4/'04--stop clogging me with pings!)
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To: handy old one

I agree but how could MCD be so stupid and think they would get away with something like that.


10 posted on 05/22/2005 4:36:30 PM PDT by since1868
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To: Libloather

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.


11 posted on 05/22/2005 4:37:33 PM PDT by JOE43270 (JOE43270 America voted and said we are One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for All.)
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To: Alouette

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.


12 posted on 05/22/2005 4:38:12 PM PDT by Bryanw92
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To: Bryanw92

Actually I like junk, but I prefer quality junk.


13 posted on 05/22/2005 4:41:19 PM PDT by Alouette (Muslims will bite the hand that feeds them, and kiss the boot that kicks them.)
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To: Libloather
"French fries, containing beef additive"

Two questions:

Wonder what part of the cow that additive came from?

How did the lawyers find out there was beef additive in the cooking oil?

14 posted on 05/22/2005 4:45:12 PM PDT by AGreatPer
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To: Bryanw92

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!


15 posted on 05/22/2005 4:45:15 PM PDT by Donald Meaker (i)
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To: Bryanw92
...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.

Don't assume that of Alloute. He's cool.

17 posted on 05/22/2005 4:49:25 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: Uhhuh35
No fan of McDonalds, me. I just don't like fast food being advertised as "meals". That implies that they have nutritional value.

What part of meat, potatoes, tomatoes etc. do you think are not nutricious?

18 posted on 05/22/2005 5:02:00 PM PDT by calex59
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To: SteveMcKing
Don't assume that of Alloute. He's cool.

Any grown American man who has not eaten at a McDonald's even once in his life is well... odd.

19 posted on 05/22/2005 5:12:43 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Alouette

"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...


20 posted on 05/22/2005 5:18:09 PM PDT by MeanFreePath
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To: Libloather
“wrongly describing” its French fries, containing beef additive for flavouring, as vegetarian.

10 mill is way too much, but if MickyD's is going to lie I think they should be sued... they shouldn't be sued, however, for making people fat, that's retarded.
21 posted on 05/22/2005 5:24:40 PM PDT by Roots (www.GOPatUCR.com - College Republicans at the University of California, Riverside)
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To: Libloather
There are lots of products in the grocery stores, etc. that people assume are vegetarian and are not. Anytime you buy a product that is not prepared by yourself of individual ingredients, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, you run the risk of ingesting something that is "contaminated" by meat products.
Restaurants frequently cook meat products in the same deep fryer or griddle as non-meat products. If someone is that adamant about avoiding meat, they should only eat at vegetarian/vegan restaurants when they go out or pack their own food.
22 posted on 05/22/2005 6:13:59 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: Alouette
"I have never eaten at a McDonald's in my life. Tell me, what am I missing out on?"

Well for one thing, Big Macs!

23 posted on 05/22/2005 6:19:26 PM PDT by FlJoePa (Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good.)
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To: Alouette
Great tag line. McDonald's isn't great stuff, but it does seem to tick off a lot of liberals.
24 posted on 05/22/2005 6:29:49 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: JOE43270
Just a suggestion - Hindus ought to designate some marking for food that's acceptable to them, much the same as Kosher markings.
25 posted on 05/22/2005 6:31:52 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: Libloather

america is such a blessing for immigrants!

(/s)


26 posted on 05/22/2005 6:33:36 PM PDT by ken21 (if you didn't see it on tv, then it didn't happen. /s)
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To: Alouette

Not much.


27 posted on 05/22/2005 6:36:07 PM PDT by Sloth (I don't post a lot of the threads you read; I make a lot of the threads you read better.)
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To: Libloather
International American Gita Society

Gita? What's a Gita? A female Git, perhaps? Seems the most likely explanation.

28 posted on 05/22/2005 6:43:01 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Libloather

Holy Cow!!!

McDonalds fed Hindu's beef additive!

It would be funnier if they fed Muslims pork!


29 posted on 05/22/2005 7:18:33 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Clemenza
McDonald's fries are the most OVERRATED food known to man.

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.

30 posted on 05/22/2005 7:23:57 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful Or Fatal If Swallowed)
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To: Alouette
I have never eaten at a McDonald's in my life. Tell me, what am I missing out on?

Me neither... so I can't help you. Those fast "food" joints don't serve food fit for a dog.

31 posted on 05/22/2005 8:04:56 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: SteveMcKing
This is so much garbage. I live most of the year in Southeast Asia where there a a lot of Hindus, Jains and Buddhist vegitarians, all of whom accept responsibility for determining where to eat. Their "safe" restraunts are well known and advertized as vegitarian. The food is very good but does not immitate meat. If McD's misrepresented their french fries, they have some liability. However, what is a Hindu eating in a burger shop for in the first place. They sued McD's because that's where the money is.
32 posted on 05/22/2005 8:08:46 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Darkwolf

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.


33 posted on 05/22/2005 8:41:43 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Libloather

In a just world, the headline should have been missing the "0m"


34 posted on 05/22/2005 8:43:09 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: Alouette
Tell me, what am I missing out on?

Indigestion and high blood pressure.

35 posted on 05/22/2005 8:44:53 PM PDT by Petronski (A champion of dance, my moves will put you in a trance, and I never leave the disco alone.)
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To: Roots
10 mill is way too much, but if MickyD's is going to lie I think they should be sued

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.

36 posted on 05/22/2005 8:45:16 PM PDT by epow
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To: ntnychik

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".


37 posted on 05/22/2005 8:48:43 PM PDT by Darkwolf (aka Darkwolf377 lurker since'01, member since 4/'04--stop clogging me with pings!)
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To: JOE43270

" 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.

False advertisement.


38 posted on 05/22/2005 8:55:03 PM PDT by Dr. Marten ((http://thehorsesmouth.blog-city.com))
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To: Libloather

So their new web site is called Gita-Life.com ?


39 posted on 05/22/2005 8:58:12 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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To: Ukiapah Heep
Hindus ought to designate some marking for food that's acceptable to them

They don't eat cows, and McDonald's lied to them.

40 posted on 05/22/2005 9:09:40 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: handy old one
Money!

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."

41 posted on 05/22/2005 9:17:00 PM PDT by Alouette (Muslims will bite the hand that feeds them, and kiss the boot that kicks them.)
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To: Libloather

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.)


42 posted on 05/22/2005 9:24:02 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! Khristos Voskrese! Al-Masih Qam! Hristos a Inviat!)
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To: Alouette

You can if they run ads which strongly imply that some of their dishes are kosher when they aren't.


43 posted on 05/22/2005 9:25:05 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! Khristos Voskrese! Al-Masih Qam! Hristos a Inviat!)
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To: Squantos
So their new web site is called Gita-Life.com?

Just a reminder - 'vegetarian' is an old Indian word for 'poor hunter'...

44 posted on 05/22/2005 9:27:21 PM PDT by Libloather (If it wernt for spellcheck, I'd have no check at all. Gloom, despair, and agony on me...)
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To: Libloather

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.


45 posted on 05/22/2005 9:29:26 PM PDT by shellshocked (They're undocumented Border Patrol agents, not vigilantes.)
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To: Libloather

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.


46 posted on 05/22/2005 9:31:00 PM PDT by shellshocked (They're undocumented Border Patrol agents, not vigilantes.)
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To: Clemenza
McDonald's fries are the most OVERRATED food known to man.

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.

47 posted on 05/22/2005 9:33:44 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: Clemenza
McDonald's fries are the most OVERRATED food known to man.

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.

48 posted on 05/22/2005 9:36:42 PM PDT by Petronski (A champion of dance, my moves will put you in a trance, and I never leave the disco alone.)
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To: Alouette

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):

http://app.mcdonalds.com/bagamcmeal?process=item&itemID=10066


49 posted on 05/22/2005 9:39:08 PM PDT by TChad
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To: MeanFreePath

Their $1 double cheeseburger is actually pretty good. Better than most of the other sandwiches.


50 posted on 05/22/2005 9:45:31 PM PDT by Badray
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