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Judge dismisses lawsuit over trans fat in KFC's chicken; company switches to healthier oil

Judge dismisses lawsuit over trans fat in KFC's chicken; company switches to healthier oil

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by a doctor who accused KFC of not telling customers that it used trans fats to fry its chicken.
In an occasionally sarcastic opinion, U.S. District Judge James Robertson said Dr. Arthur Hoyte could not show that he was harmed by the fast food chain's use of the artery-clogging fats.
That was enough to doom the lawsuit, but Robertson also noted other flaws in the case.
"While it might be appropriate for this court to find, as a matter of law, that the consumption of fat _ including trans fat _ is indeed within the reasonable expectations of the consumers of fried chicken and french fries prepared in fast food kitchens, it is not necessary for me to reach that question," Robertson wrote.
And in response to Hoyte's claim that customers have a growing understanding of the dangers of trans fats, Robertson wrote: "If consumers are increasingly aware of trans fat, where do they expect to find it if not in fast food restaurants?"
Nonetheless, customers will not find trans fats in KFC's chicken anymore, according to the restaurant chain.
KFC's parent company, Kentucky-based Yum Brands Inc., announced Monday that all 5,500 of its U.S. restaurants have stopped frying chicken in artery-clogging trans fat. The company had said in October that it was switching to a new soybean oil believed to be less likely to cause heart disease. The lawsuit was filed last year, before the change.


Updated : 2021-06-25 11:46 GMT+08:00