McDonald\'s Fries crosscontam lawsuit

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 7:25am
julieneaman's picture
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Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 9:56am
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Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

I couldn't run this video. Did anyone see what allergen it was?

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 10:32am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

Milk and wheat--They were part of "natural ingredients"
Child is ana to milk. He went into ana shock after having fries. Ingredients not listed when he ate them from a list of ingredients from 2004 but changed after his reaction.
Suing for unspecified damages. Lawsuit claims that this exposure hurt his chance for outgrowing the milk allergy.
Sorry for errors--I was typing as I listened to the story.

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 10:43am
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Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

The text of the story from the same website:
[b]Family Accuses McDonald's Of Failing To List All Ingredients
Boy Had Allergic Reaction After Eating French Fries[/b]
POSTED: 12:42 pm EDT May 24, 2007
UPDATED: 7:47 pm EDT May 24, 2007
WASHINGTON -- McDonald's is under fire after a Maryland family filed a lawsuit against the fast-food chain in Montgomery County.
According to the lawsuit, McDonald's failed to disclose proper information about its food, which caused 3-year-old Ryan Gray to become sick. His family said Ryan had a severe allergic reaction to McDonald's french fries.
Ryan's parents said they ate at McDonald's because it offers a list of ingredients for food on the company's Web site and Ryan has a severe milk allergy that could be fatal. They claim known allergens including milk and wheat were not originally on the list.
Early last year, Ryan's mom, Judy Gray, gave him McDonald's french fries, thinking they were milk free, but that same day he went into anaphylactic shock.
"It was pretty scary," Judy Gray said. "We didn't know if he was breathing at all. He couldn't make any sound."
Ryan's parents called 911, and he was taken to an area hospital.
Judy Gray said she now knows that the french fries were cooked in oil that contains milk and McDonald's failed to list that as one of the ingredients on its Web site. She is suing for unspecified damages.
"McDonald's made specific representations that these french fires and hash browns did not contain these allergens," said attorney Brian Smith. "They knew they were making them to people who would rely on them to bring their children into McDonald's to eat."
Milk and wheat are not included on a list of ingredients for french fries from 2004. One month after Ryan's scare, a new list of ingredients included milk and wheat.
"The recipes for french fries and hash browns have not changed for years," said attorney Athan Tsimpedes. "I don't believe we can trust the Golden Arches anymore."
Gray's lawsuit is only one of a number of cases nationwide. Her attorneys said dozens of children with wheat and milk allergies and celiac disease have become sick after eating McDonald's.
"To me it's similar to putting poison in the food and saying it's no big deal," Judy Gray said.
A statement from McDonald's Corporation said, "After learning from our suppliers that wheat and dairy are ingredients that go into the making of the natural flavoring for our cooking oil, we updated nutrition information. We believe the lawsuits are without merit."
The lawsuit claims that Ryan's exposure to milk hurt his chances of outgrowing his allergies. Doctors said that while prolonged exposure could aggravate the allergy, it is very unlikely that a small amount could affect his chances of outgrowing it.
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Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 11:22am
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Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

While I'm not a fan of suing, I do think that it would be a good lesson for companies who don't understand the dangers our kids face. I'd rather have a CYA situation than one in which they list some allergens and not others that ARE in there. I think though that the manufacturer who supplied it to McDonald's should be sued. If they lie/don't tell McDonald's, how would they know? Let's put the blame where it belongs.
I personally don't agree with the fact that they are suing because it may have ruined his chances of outgrowing it. I know some people feel this way but I don't know of any proven studies about this (I'm sure someone can prove me wrong on this though! LOL) Either way, there are studies out there that say small amounts of allergens in the diet INCREASE the likelihood of them outgrowing it. Obviously, since we still have food allergies, no one knows the answer, but there certainly is enough scientific doubt that they won't be able to prove this. I think it's pretty far fetched, but then again, I'm Canadian and we never sue! LOL

Posted on: Fri, 05/25/2007 - 11:41pm
julieneaman's picture
Joined: 01/11/2004 - 09:00

I started thinking about this McDonald's thing and relating it to Pizza Hut changing their website recently to reflect peanuts in the pizza and pasta. I'd love a definitive answer about whether that is a change to the vendor or recipe or whether it's just an update to the website.

Posted on: Sun, 05/27/2007 - 12:04pm
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Joined: 04/04/2006 - 09:00

I really don't think McD's was purposely hiding this information - I doubt anyone ever considered that the cooking oil had wheat and milk in it. Once they found out, they added that information. Almost no restaurant can promise you that their food is 100% free from any allergens. Not when they are using any products at all that come from another source (oil, butter, margarine, spices).
A successful lawsuit will probably lead to a lot of CYA allergy warnings from restaurants (which many already resort to anyway).

Posted on: Mon, 05/28/2007 - 4:45am
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

I do not mean to hijack this thread, but this is on topic to some extent. I not understand why we are not extremely grateful to Pizza Hut for making their labeling change?
Cross the restaurant off your list and move on.
They somehow deem it to be unsafe for PA folks. They've told us why. It is somehow not good enough. It's just pizza, and not very good pizza at that. There is Dominoes. There is Red Baron--and it's cheaper.
It wasn't PA but shellfish allergy, and I reacted to Pizza Hut pizza several times. There is a shellfish warning on their website.
I'm willing to believe Pizza Hut.
I think it's great that they are being extensive in their labeling for allergens. If McDonald's had been as extensive, they wouldn't be facing this lawsuit as well as others, apparently.
I am far more likely to think CYA when it's something I buy at the store, but this restaurant seemed to go out of its way a bit to tell us there could be a problem with our eating there.
Let's believe them and think of them as an honorable place and let it go.

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