A nutrition advocacy group is suing Burger King because they have yet to eliminate trans-fat from their menu. Nichola Groom of Reuters reports:
In court papers filed in Washington, D.C. superior court, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said Burger King is the only leading restaurant chain that has not yet committed to eliminating trans fats from its menu.This is a little surprising because back in February we learned that Burger King had begun looking into trans fat alternatives, but, sometimes you just need to light a fire under someone’s behind—I wonder if it’ll leave flame-broiled griddle marks?
"Burger King not only sells food cooked with this harmful ingredient, it does so without warning its customers about life-threatening consequences," the suit said. "Consumers have no way to guard against the risk of consumer trans fats."
Trans fat increases the low-density lipoprotein -- so-called bad cholesterol -- in food, and U.S. health officials have advised Americans to consume as little trans fat as possible.
Restaurants are not legally required to disclose the amount of trans fat in their foods, but CSPI attorney Stephen Gardner said the risks associated with eating trans fats make the products unsafe.
"Given the current state of knowledge... the deliberate use of trans fat, which is completely nonessential, makes those foods deleterious," Gardner said.