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March 28, 2017

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Fast Food
Last Featured: 8/11/2003

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Overview

Believe it or not, McDonalds has a salad menu and other fast food and snack food brands are following with healthier choices. Initial lawsuits filed by advocates for the obese against McDonalds were dismissed, but the court did express concerns about potentially deceptive advertising practices. From scalding coffee to animal fat in “vegetarian-friendly” fries, some say McDonalds has played fast and loose with the truth. The company says it is confident that the new charges will be dismissed like the last, but are the menu changes a response to customer demand or preemptive strikes to counter new lawsuits challenging the industry’s promotional practices?


Guests
Richard A. Daynard is a Professor of Law at Northeastern University where he writes and teaches in the areas of product liability and consumer protection. He is at the forefront of the national movement to establish legal responsibility of the tobacco industry for tobacco-induced death, disease and disability, and is chair of the Tobacco Products Liability Project, president of the Tobacco Control Resource Center and editor-in-chief of the Tobacco Products Litigation Reporter. Daynard helped develop the concurrent degree program in Law, Policy and Society at the Law School.

John Doyle is the co-founder of the Center for Consumer Freedom, a coalition supported by restaurant operators, food and beverage companies, and concerned individuals, working to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices. Doyle is also vice president of communications for Berman and Company, a Washington D.C.-based government relations, research and communications firm. A former newspaper reporter, Doyle has been involved in Washington D.C. public affairs since the mid-1980s.

Closing Quote
"If a person knows or should know that eating copious orders of supersized McDonald's products is unhealthy and may result in weight gain ... it is not the place of the law to protect them from their own excesses. Nobody is forced to eat at McDonald's."

— Judge Robert Sweet preciding over Barber vs. McDonald’s

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