Burger King targeted in trans fat lawsuit

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a lawsuit against Burger King Holdings Corp., Miami. The lawsuit charges that by using partially hydrogenated oil, the fast-food restaurateur is increasing its customers’ risk of heart disease and death. The C.S.P.I. asked a District of Columbia Superior Court Judge to order the chain to stop using hydrogenated oil.

A Burger King spokesman told Reuters the company was disappointed the C.S.P.I. chose to file the lawsuit and that Burger King is committed to eliminating trans fats from its products.

On June 10, 2006, the C.S.P.I. filed a similar lawsuit against KFC, a unit of Yum! Brands, for using partially hydrogenated oil. The suit was later dismissed.

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