KFC ordered to pay $8.3 million to Australian girl

Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has been ordered to pay Aus$8 million (US$8.3 million) to an Australian girl who suffered severe brain damage and was paralysed after eating a Twister wrap.

Monika Samaan was seven when she suffered salmonella encephalopathy — a brain injury linked to food poisoning that also left her with a blood infection and septic shock — in October 2005.

Several other family members also fell ill and they claimed Samaan’s injuries, which include severe cognitive, motor and speech impairment and spastic quadriplegia, were caused by a chicken Twister wrap from a Sydney KFC outlet.

The New South Wales Supreme Court ruled in the family’s favour a week ago and on Friday ordered KFC to pay the girl Aus$8 million in damages plus legal costs.

In a statement, the family’s lawyer George Vlahakis said they were relieved the battle was over.

“Monika’s severe brain damage and severe disability has already exhausted the very limited resources of the family,” he said.

“Monika is now a big girl and they are finding it increasingly difficult to lift her and to look after her basic needs as well as look after Monika’s younger siblings.

“The compensation ordered is very much needed. KFC have to date been determined that Monika does not receive a cent.”

Last week KFC indicated it will appeal the decision but is yet to do so.

During the trial, Justice Stephen Rothman said the chicken became contaminated “because of the failure of one or more employees of KFC” to follow proper preparation rules, which he described as “negligent”. -yahoonews

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Nutella settles lawsuit from angry mom, drops health claims

Nutella settles lawsuit from angry mom, drops health claims

nutella; chocolate spreadFerrero, the makers of Nutella, has decided to settle two class-action lawsuits filed last year by consumers who said they felt deceived by the brand's advertising.
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Ferrero, the makers of Nutella, has decided to settle two class-action lawsuits filed last year by consumers who said they felt deceived by the brand’s advertising. (Emily Rachel Hildebrand / Flickr)

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Date: Friday Apr. 27, 2012 11:02 AM ET

A mother in California who claimed she was shocked to find that Nutella is nowhere near as healthy as she had thought has come out the winner in a lawsuit against the maker of the sweet, cocoa-hazelnut spread.

Ferrero, the makers of Nutella, has decided to settle two class-action lawsuits filed last year by consumers who said they felt deceived by the brand’s advertising.

Ferrero is settling the suits with a US$3 million payout. The money will be spread around (pun intended) to anyone who bought Nutella between August, 2009 and January, 2012. That works out to about $4 a jar – essentially the equivalent of a refund.

In addition to the payout, Ferrero has also promised to change its Nutella labelling and stop running the misleading ads in question.

San Diego mom, Athena Hohenberg, was the lead plaintiff in the case and alleged that Nutella’s ads falsely led her to believe that the chocolate spread made for a nutritious breakfast for her children.

Hohenberg, claimed she was “shocked” when she learned that Nutella was really more the equivalent of a candy bar melted into a jar.

“Ms. Hohenberg was surprised and upset to learn that Nutella was in fact not a ‘healthy’ ‘nutritious’ food but instead a product with the nutritional properties of a candy bar, with very high levels of refined sugar and saturated fat,” her complaint read.

“Had Ms. Hohenberg known the truth about Nutella’s qualities, she would not have purchased it for her family.”

She said she felt “betrayed” that the makers of Nutella misleadingly represented the spread as nutritious in their advertising, and failed to mention that most of the nutrition of the meals shown in their ads were from other foods in the pictures, such as the whole-wheat toast.

The lawsuit noted that the spread contains about 70 per cent saturated fat and processed sugar by weight, as well as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and trans fat.

A two-tablespoon serving of Nutella contains 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, 3.5 of which are saturated and 21 grams of sugar. To put that into perspective, a typical chocolate and nut candy bar has 250 to 300 calories and 12 to 16 grams of fat.

As part of the settlement, the front label of Nutella jars will now include info on the fat, sugar and calories of the product. As well, the ads that bothered Hohenberg will be dropped and new ads created.

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“Burger King Pledges to use cage-free animals by 2017”

In Purdue’s Exponent!  WOO!

“The movement by U.S. food corporations toward more humane treatment of animals experienced a whopper of a shift Wednesday when Burger King announced that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.

The decision by the world’s second-biggest fast-food restaurant raises the bar for other companies seeking to appeal to the rising consumer demand for more humanely produced fare.

“So many tens of thousands of animals will now be in better living conditions,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, which has been pushing Burger King and other corporations to consider animal welfare in purchasing policies. “Numerically this is significant because Burger King is such a big purchaser of these products.”

The decision by Burger King, which uses hundreds of millions of eggs and tens of millions of pounds of pork annually, could represent a game-change in the egg and pork supply business as a huge new market has opened up for humanely raised food animals. Already 9 percent of the company’s eggs and 20 percent of its pork are cage-free.

The Miami-based company steadily has been increasing its use of cage-free eggs and pork as the industry has become better able to meet demand, said Jonathan Fitzpatrick, chief brand and operations officer. He said the decision is part of the company’s social responsibility policy.

“We believe this decision will allow us to leverage our purchasing power to ensure the appropriate and proper treatment of animals by our vendors and suppliers,” he said.

Earlier this year, McDonalds and Wendy’s announced that they have asked their pork suppliers to outline their plans for elimination of gestation crates without setting a timetable.

The issue of the treatment of pigs raised for pork has recently developed. This year, Smithfield Farms and Hormel committed to ending the use of gestation crates by 2017.

“This is an issue that just four to five months ago was not on the food industry’s radar,” said Paul Shapiro, vice president for farm animal protection at HSUS. “Now it’s firmly cemented into the mainstream in a way that I think few people would have imagined.

Last month, the pork industry’s trade magazine editorialized for an end to the practice saying “on the issue of gestation-sow stalls, at least, it’s increasingly apparent that you will lose the battle.”

HSUS has been pushing for more than a decade for large-scale purchasers of animal products to ensure that they are raised humanely. The organization owns stock in 52 companies that use animal products so that it can attend shareholder meetings and submit proposals for improved animal welfare policy.

It also has used undercover operations to show the conditions some food animals endure.

Conventionally raised eggs come from hens confined in battery cages that give them roughly the same footprint as an 8½ by 11 sheet of paper. Most pork comes from sows that are confined during their four-month pregnancies in narrow crates.

“For every cage-free egg or piece of bacon from a gestation-free pork system that Burger King sells, animals have been spared lifelong confinement in a cage so small they can barely even move,” said Matthew Prescott, the HSUS food policy director.

In 2007 Burger King became the first major fast-food restaurant chain to incorporate animal welfare issues into its purchasing policies when it began sourcing at least some of its pork and eggs from cage-free suppliers. The hens are still housed in a barn, but they have room to roam and perches and nesting boxes.

While some companies have been responding to consumer demand by incorporating some percentages of cage-free eggs into their purchase orders, the landslide passage by voters in 2008 of California’s Proposition 2, which will ban chicken cages and gestation crates by 2015, caused buyers and suppliers nationwide to take notice. Since then studies have shown that shoppers are willing to pay more for products they believe are produced to higher animal protection standards.

Since then Wal-Mart and Costco have transitioned their private-label eggs to 100 percent cage-free. Unilever, which uses 350 million eggs a year in its Hellmann’s mayonnaise brand, is switching to 100 percent cage-free, and others such as Sonic, Subway, Ruby Tuesday, Kraft Food and ConAgra Foods are incorporating some percentage of cage-free eggs in their products.

Egg and pork producers have argued that easing confinement standards for animals raises production costs and makes those who adjust their practices less competitive. That prompted the egg industry’s largest trade association, the United Egg Producers, to team with HSUS in seeking federal legislation this year that would double the size of the cages in which 90 percent of the nation’s 280 million laying hens are confined.

Industry officials who have argued against cage-free eggs say hens are safer and eggs are less likely to be diseased in a cage system of hen housing.

“Our attitude is our producers believe in consumer choice and if that’s what their consumers want to buy, they’ll produce cage-free eggs for the marketplace provided the customer is willing to pay the additional cost,” said Gene Gregory, president of the United Egg Producers.

Some studies have shown that raising hens cage-free adds 1-cent to the cost of each egg. It’s unclear how much more it will cost to raise pork outside of gestation cages.” – By Tracie Cone Associated Press

 

Although this is rawesome news, I still think morons eat at Burger King.

Dr. Will Tuttle

ImageDr. Will Tuttle, author of “The World Peace Diet” is brilliant.

A brilliant musician, educator, and author.  I saw his presentation in the West Lafayette library with a few friends and we were all ridiculously inspired.  His gentle wisdom and honest concern shook my core to want to change my self, and the world.  Recently, I made my own presentation for communications class persuading my audience to transition to a whole foods plant based diet, and I turned to him for guidance and resources.  I found on his book’s website that every day there is an inspiration and a prayer.  Prepare to be majestically moved, and click WorldPeaceDiet .