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Carcinogen Found in Chicken: PCRM Warning-Label Lawsuit Moves Forward

Carcinogen found in grilled chicken PCRM’s warning-label lawsuit against fast-food restaurants moved forward last month. The State of California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles reversed a lower court’s ruling, putting consumers one step closer to victory. The lawsuit seeks to compel McDonald’s and other chains to post warnings in California restaurants about the cancer risk of grilled chicken.

The fast-food chains will now face trial for selling products containing PhIP, one of a group of carcinogens found in grilled meat. The lawsuit was filed under California’s Proposition 65, which states that consumers must be warned about products that contain known carcinogens. The National Institutes of Health, the state of California, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have all identified PhIP as carcinogenic.

The lawsuit is based on tests that found PhIP in 100 grilled chicken samples from McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Chili’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, Outback Steakhouse, Burger King, and Applebee’s. The findings, compiled from independent laboratory tests commissioned by PCRM scientists, were published in the September 2008 issue of Nutrition and Cancer.  

The latest ruling received extensive national media coverage, including articles in Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.

Burger King has settled the lawsuit and posted warning signs in its California restaurants. But the other defendants that continue to fight the lawsuit have yet to inform customers about the cancer-causing chemicals in their grilled chicken products. PCRM filed a separate lawsuit against KFC, which also sells grilled chicken.

Visit PCRM.org/Health to learn more about grilled chicken and PhIP.



 

PCRM Online, September 2010

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