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McDonald's sued for gluten in french fries

Fast-food giant McDonald's is being sued in the US for failing to warn that its french fries contain gluten, a lawyer for a plaintiff in the case has said.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2006 13:13 IST

Fast-food giant McDonald's is being sued in the United States for failing to warn that its french fries contain gluten, a lawyer for a plaintiff in the case has said.

"McDonald's, through their websites, tell people that there are certain meal items that are gluten free, including french fries," said attorney Thomas Pakenas yesterday, who represents plaintiff Debra Moffat.

However, in response to new federal regulations, the burger chain recently said on its website that gluten and milk are not used in manufacturing french fries, the lawyer added.

Moffat, a mother of four in her mid-forties, is gluten intolerant, a condition called celiac disease that affects one out of every 133 Americans and a similar proportion of the population in northern Europe.

Celiac disease is caused by a faulty absorption of gluten that harms the intestines and leads to diarrhea and malnutrition.

Moffat, who has not yet established how much compensation to demand from McDonald's, is not the first American to sue the burger chain for not carrying a gluten warning on their food.

Two other people in California and Florida are also suing McDonald's for similar reasons, according to media reports.

Pakenas said he received more than 30 telephone calls from people wanting to join his client's lawsuit yesterday alone.

First Published: Feb 21, 2006 13:13 IST