California Attorney General files lawsuit to force firms to warn about cancer risk in chips & fries: McDonald's, Wendy's, Frito-Lay, Procter & Gamble, Burger King, KFC, Kettle Foods, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Ore-Ida

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27 August 2005

Calif. files suit on fry health warning [USA]

Author: Robert Selna, Reuters

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has filed a lawsuit to force top makers of potato chips and french fries to warn consumers about a potential cancer-causing chemical found in the popular snacks...Lockyer sought an injunction to stop restaurant chains such as McDonald's Corp. and Wendy's International Inc. [pat of Wendy's/Arby's Group] from selling french fries without some form of warning. Also named were producers of potato chips and other packaged potato products like PepsiCo's, Frito-Lay Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co., makers of Pringles chips...Other defendants named in the suit include Burger King Corp., KFC Corp., a unit of Yum Brands Inc., for its KFC Potato Wedges, Kettle Foods Inc., makers of Kettle chips...and Cape Cod Potato Chips Co...,a unit of Lance Inc. [the other defendant, not mentioned in this article, is Ore-Ida frozen potato products, part of Heinz]

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27 August 2005

California Sues to Require Cancer Warnings on Potato Chips and French Fries - Action Against Nine Firms Says Warnings Required by Proposition 65 [USA]

Author: ConsumerAffairs.Com

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has filed suit against nine manufacturers of potato chips and french fries, seeking a court order that will require the firms to warn consumers that some of their food products contain acrylamide, a chemical known by the state to cause cancer...The defendants in the lawsuit are:
• Burger King Corporation, french fries
• Cape Cod Potato Chips, Inc./Lance, Inc. (parent company), Cape Cod potato chips
• Frito-Lay, Inc./PepsiCo, Inc., Lay's potato chips/Lay's baked potato chips
• H.J. Heinz, Inc., Ore-Ida frozen potato products
• Kettle Foods, Inc., Kettle Chips
• KFC Corporation [part of Yum!], KFC Potato Wedges
• McDonald's Corporation, french fries
• Procter & Gamble Distributing Co./Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co., Pringles
• Wendy's International, Inc., french fries

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