Thursday, September 07, 2006

Burger King Joins McDonalds In Hell

I also read today that in NYC, 50% of children suffer from hunger and obesity.
I have no words. Just every emotion.

Burger King Sued Over
Broiled-Burger Health Risk

August 31, 2006 7:19 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- Burger King Holdings Inc. was sued in California Superior Court for allegedly failing to warn consumers its Triple Whopper and other flame-broiled burgers could contain a cancer-causing agent, the company said Thursday.
The July 24 lawsuit centers around polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, chemicals formed by incomplete burning of organic substances such as charbroiled burgers, Burger King Holdings said in its annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Under California law, these chemicals are listed as possible carcinogens or reproductive toxicants in humans, the filing said.
In the filing, Miami-based Burger King Holdings said if found liable it might have to pay penalties and injunctive relief. "It is not possible to ascertain with any degree of any confidence the amount of our financial exposure, if any," the company said.
The filing didn't provide the amount of damages sought. The suit is titled "Leeman v. Burger King Corp., et al."
Similar lawsuits were filed against Burger King Holdings, McDonald's and other companies in 2002 and 2005 for allegedly failing to warn consumers their french fries contained acrylamide, another toxic chemical.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, have been linked to reproductive and other health problems in animals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Some people who breathed or touched mixtures of PAHs and other chemicals for extended periods have developed cancer, the ATSDR Web site said.
Burger King also said in its annual report that it has prepaid an additional $50 million of term debt. This reduces the total outstanding debt balance to $948 million, the company said.
There are more than 11,100 Burger King restaurants in the U.S. and around the world. Company shares closed at $14.54 each on Thursday, up 23 cents.

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