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Beware of Beef in McDonald's french fries

From: Ram Anbil (
Date: Mon May 07 2001 - 20:04:05 PDT

Dear Bhagavatas:

Here is a cutting from page 5c of Plain Dealer Newspaper of Cleveland, Ohio 
dated 3rd may 2001:
Anbil Ramaswamy
Associated Press

SEATTLE - McDonald's Corp. has been accused in a lawsuit of using beef fat 
in the preparation of french fries more than a decade after saying it would 
cook its fries in vegetable oil.

The law suit for unspecified damages was filed on behalf of two Hindus who 
don't eat meat and one Non-Hindu vegetarian Tuesday in King County Superior 
Court by attorney Harish Bharati, who said he believes the case is the first 
such suit in the United States.

He asked that the case be certified as a class action on behalf of any 
vegetarian who ate McDonald's fries after 1990 in the belief that they 
contained no meat.

The law suit says McDonald's "intentionally failed to publicly disclose its 
continued use of beef tallow in the {french fry} cooking process under the 
guise of 'natural flavor'"

McDonald's announced in 1990 that its restaurants no longer would use beef 
fat in making french fries and that it would use only pure vegetable oil.

The Oak Brook, III. based fast-food chain released a written statement 
yesterday saying it never claimed the fries it sells in the United States 
are vegetarian. The statement said the recipe for the fries uses ' a 
miniscule trace of beef flavoring, not tallow".

Tallow is essentially shortening made from beef fat. McDonald's adds a small 
amount of beef extract while potatoes are being cooked, the company said.
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