Woman sues McDonald's on french fries

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The news last week that McDonald's french fries contain wheat and milk ingredients has resulted in a lawsuit filed Friday against the Oak Brook-based company.
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Another Mom

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Feb 20, 2006
 

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My children cannot consume milk products of any kind, not a molecule. And frankly, is it really possible to derive anything from wheat without a trace of gluten? NO. I mean people who can't eat wheat really miss it. If you could get a wheat product without gluten wouldn't you think there would be products all over the place calling themselves "gluten-free wheat product"? I've heard that genetic engineers are working on a gluten free wheat grain. But to my knowledge that has not been accomplished. If you are so hostile toward gluten intolerants, why do you purport to know so much about the subject, and why do you even waste your time in this forum?
Jake-Iowa

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Feb 20, 2006
 
Im 14 years old and was diagnoased with Celiac 16 months ago. I CANNOT consume any kind of Gluten/Wheat. It bothers me extremely...and makes me wonder Who in there right mind could lie to anyone about anything that could harm them in any way it especially bothers me because my Mom even call the Mcdonalds Headquaters and specifically asked them "Do your french fries contain any kind of gluten/wheat"? they replied "No they do not." and i can see now that, that was a lie. And i get to thinking that it is not just one person they hurt...there are over 2 million people in America that have Celiac...what about them? I am 14 and was unable to play football this year because my iron and other blood work came back bad and i wonder... would it have been better if i would have known the Mcdonals fries contained gluten/wheat...In my opinion which many many people probaly agree two..this is a very low way two make a buck and in a lot of cases very painful i know because before my diet i would always have an upset stomach and cramps so bad it put my back into a twist and i had to have a heat pack to help restore it... I am very disappointed in you Mcdonalds...i hope u feel pain in this like every one else that have believed in your lies all this time!
Jake-Iowa

Lehigh, IA

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#23
Feb 20, 2006
 
Fatso wrote:
Maybe you could all live in a bubble and eat your gluten-free selves. Interesting the the Celiac Sprue Society is backing McDonalds since the disclosure laws don't apply to restaurants.
Dear Fatso, you obviously do not know what and the heck you are talking about! Celiac diese is not something you chose to have! I have it and was diagnosed with it 16 months ago...i am 14 and could not play sports in high school this year because of my blood work...so shut up unless you know what you are talkin about!
Jake-Iowa

Lehigh, IA

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Feb 20, 2006
 
Bama24 wrote:
I want to sue my job for making me have to go to work.
you also like other people do NOT know what and the heck you are talking about..you obviously do NOT know waht Celiac diese is..so why dont u try to SHUT THE HECK UP...until u do a little research and find out what and the heck it REALLY is before you open your big mouth!!!
Jake-Iowa

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Feb 20, 2006
 
Stiv wrote:
Next they'll be complaining that they contain potato based products
you like a couple other people on here obviously do NOT know what you are talking about i am 14 and have Celiac i was diagnosed 16 months ago..i could not play football this year because my blood work was screwed up...maybe if i woulda known about "Micky'ds" fries i would been able to play...so shut up until u know what Celiac really is
Mom in MN

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Feb 20, 2006
 
Majority of those that have food allergies can not consume the food; even if the protein is removed. You may be able to come up with information or a study somewhere saying otherwise. Just remember not one person in this world is the same. If one person can eat the food with the protein removed it does not mean that the next person can. Unfortunately food allergies are still a science mystery. One person may get hives and swell while another may have their airway close up and die in an instant. Remember the story about the teenager that died from her boyfriend kissing her? Even the smallest amount of the allergen can cause death. McDonald’s and every other food supplier SHOULD take the responsible approach and list the food allergens, no matter what the laws are. McDonald’s reputation in the past has been that of a reliable and honest company. It is sad that in 2006 we are finding that we can not trust one of the most profitable companies around the world. Majority of those that are and will be suing is not for profit. They may in the end receive a check for a whopping $10 if they receive anything. Just getting the awareness out there to the corporations and to the public will be a victory. As opposed to shooting ourselves in the foot. It is appalling that one could suggest someone to live in a bubble. Tell that to a little four year old that just wants to live a normal life. It is amusing that the ignorant would try to teach those of us that live the food allergies every day. For them to say we need to educate ourselves is merely an uneducated statement. Hopefully the ignorant can find it in their hearts to have a little compassion or mind their own business. Unfortunately those that make the rude comments like the ones posted here are the kind of people that are very close minded and unhappy with life in general. Remember for those that have been hurt or upset by the ignorant comments “what comes around goes around”.
Polly

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Feb 20, 2006
 
Bama24 wrote:
I want to sue my job for making me have to go to work.
You should sue your parents for raising such an inconsiderate idiot. It's pathetic that you fools get on here and make fun of children who suffer. You people disgust me. Get a hobby like chasing cars or something.
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Feb 20, 2006
 
I acknowledge that you live in a notoriously litigious country, and in a way I empathise with the filers of the suit. But as a Coeliac sufferer at no time have I ever been tempted to trust any major fast food chain. All fried chips contain gluten, and it's up to your body as to how much you can take. Granted some companies say they serve Gf chips and well, they screw up, but the onus is on you to trust in some huge multinational institution to put your obscure dietary condition ahead of their bottom line - and we all know it's a tricky thing to avoid Gluten: In the OIL for Christ's sake, now I wouldn't even have thought of that one. Bottom line: if you eat out you take your life and your bowels in your own hands.

PS: If you need a high horse, help me sue my parents for ignoring and mocking my Coeliac symptome for a good 20 years of my life while I lived at home. A couple of frech fries is nothing. NOTHING. In fact I'm a walking class action - when you add up all the symptoms and treat each as a sepreate suit, wow, I could really clean up on those morons. Maybe I should move to the grand Ol' United States of Letigia.
Margaret

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#29
Feb 21, 2006
 
Fatso wrote:
Dear Another Mom:

You are another poor victim of misinformation. There is NO GLUTEN in the milk or grain derivatives involved in cooking McDonald's french fries. Educate yourself and be INFORMED. Read the press release. NO GLUTEN, but derived from wheat and milk products.
YOU are incorrect. Wheat free does NOT mean gluten free. They said that they now have to do research to see what amount or form of wheat is in the fries. Before this, according to McDonalds, there was neither of both. We can't be misinformed if we don't have all the information from McDonalds yet. People need to take this more seriously and be a bit more understanding of the celiacs that are concerned about it. No one is LOOKING for a lawsuit, though any one that may come up is legitimate..
kathy

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#30
Feb 21, 2006
 
I was greatly surprised by your response to the McDonald french fry issue.
"First Do No Harm " is listed above the information on the celiac sprue web site concerning McDonald's providing inaccurate information concerning the wheat containing ingredients in the french fries.
When information is inaccurate concerning gluten/wheat in products, it indeed can do harm to all those that trust the information as accurate. For the organization to come out with this position is in total contrast to the message that should be sent to all those with the disease that even small amouts of gluten/wheat containing products is very dangerous to consume.
If McDonalds is to be supportive of the celiac disease, the very least they can do as an organization is to post a sign with "updated allergen information" in their restaurants when an error in their reporting is detected.
Having erroneous information posted on a web listing of "safe food items" indeed will do significant harm, and needs to be taken seriously.
I just checked their web site today, and it still lists fries as safe on the USA food allergens and sensitivities listing dated 2/20/06!!!
Tina

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This frivolisity in this country is absurd. Eat at home and control your ingredients yourself, dont blame others for your decisions. I am overweight...should I sue hershey for making chocolate which is fatening and because I CHOSE to eat it? You people need to wake up and take responsibility for yourselves and not blame others for your illness.
kathy

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Tina wrote:
This frivolisity in this country is absurd. Eat at home and control your ingredients yourself, dont blame others for your decisions. I am overweight...should I sue hershey for making chocolate which is fatening and because I CHOSE to eat it? You people need to wake up and take responsibility for yourselves and not blame others for your illness.
The issue is that McDonalds has listed a food as safe for people with celiac disease, when it was unsafe. It would be the same as a diabetic choosing a candy labeled "sugar free" when it indeed contained sugar.No one is blaming McDonalds for their disease, but they can't put out information that says an item is safe for consumption when it is not. Get it?
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Feb 21, 2006
 
Tina wrote:
This frivolisity in this country is absurd. Eat at home and control your ingredients yourself, dont blame others for your decisions. I am overweight...should I sue hershey for making chocolate which is fatening and because I CHOSE to eat it? You people need to wake up and take responsibility for yourselves and not blame others for your illness.
Dear Mrs. McDonald,

You have a choice how fat your own a$$ gets, people do not choose to have disease, get it? Read the ingredients and count calories before shoveling it in your big mouth. These kids parents rely on the accuracy of food labels and such in order to spare their children undue pain and suffering. There's no accurate comparison.
mike

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Feb 21, 2006
 
i went to mcdonald and told the manager of the depth of the problem. she told me i had nothing to worry about tha t the fries had only potatos and salt.as a celic even minute amounts of wheat,oats and barly can damage my digestive system.all we ask is if its there let us know.
Tina

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Feb 22, 2006
 
My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed last fall with celiac. We met with dieticians and did extensive research on safe foods for our daughter to eat. We do eat the majority of our meals at home, but my daughter is a child who would like to eat like most other children once in a while. We did the research and contacted McDonalds to confirm the information they had posted on the website. So my daughter finally had a place that she could eat with some sense of being a normal kid. She did not choose to have celiac and has little choice in what she will eat for the rest of her life. So sit back and enjoy your chocolate and try not to be so close-minded.
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Feb 22, 2006
 
As someone who has Celiacs and has eaten McDonalds fries thinking they were GF, I do not support this lawsuit. If a class action law suit is brought against MD, it will just make other companies less likely to even attempt to provide GF foods. They are under no obligation to disclose if an item is gluten free or not. For the sake of avoiding a lawsuit, many resteraunts may just start saying that everything contains gluten....
kathy

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Feb 22, 2006
 
AUMM wrote:
As someone who has Celiacs and has eaten McDonalds fries thinking they were GF, I do not support this lawsuit. If a class action law suit is brought against MD, it will just make other companies less likely to even attempt to provide GF foods. They are under no obligation to disclose if an item is gluten free or not. For the sake of avoiding a lawsuit, many resteraunts may just start saying that everything contains gluten....
We would be better off with no information than to have the wrong information. I normally eat much more of an item i feel sure of, since our choices are so limited. The mistakes can lead to serious problems.
Celiac Mommy

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Feb 22, 2006
 
I too was very upset with the news from McDonald's about their french frys containing wheat and milk. I almost lost my son (who was 16 months old at the time) to Celiac Disease back in September 2005. He was in sever "Celiac Crisis". We went from doctor to doctor and eventually sought out a specialist. Carter (my son) spent a week in the hospital and we were able to get him back on track and eating again. We maintain a gluten free fridge and pantry and going to McDonald's for french fries was a huge treat for my almost 2 yr old son.

I feel as if I have been duped by McDonald's and have been poisoning my son all this time by giving him their french fries. I trusted them when they told me their frnech fries were "gluten free" and to learn that they contained gluten all along makes me sick. It's no wonder my son's somtach problems have continued to this day.

On a side note I would like to talk to other Celiac parents and kids for support and trading of recipes. Please feel free to contact me at sarahsweetness26@yahoo.com
Suzanne LaHurd

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Feb 24, 2006
 
jane nemmers wrote:
I would like the name of a good lawyer to also sue McDonalds for fries containing wheat. My daughter and I trusted McDonalds, my daughter has celiac disease, and I bought her french fries many of times, we trusted them.
My 3 year old daughter also has celiac disease. We frequented McDonald's because that was one place we felt confident she was eating gluten free. We would order her french fries and a chocolate milkshake. It was a treat for her since so many kid's favorites are off limits. The recent news is very disappointing and upsetting. We feel deceived by a huge money making corporation.
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Feb 24, 2006
 
I also have celiac sprue....When I first found out that Mcdonald's fries conatained gluten my first thought was lets sue them. Yet at the same time we really need to consider the big picture. People have this horrible desease but instead of waisting our time trying to get a quick buck for ones own choice which, by the way, no one forced anyone to eat at Mcdonalds, and everyone knows that fast food is unhealthy, even if you are a lucky allergy free person. Instead of carrying around negative stressful energy be thankfull that we now know. For everyone who thinks they know everything about the desease, you don't. The fact of the matter is no one really does! So save your body the negative stress of trying to be a smarty pants, and do research everyone do research, and experiment if you eat something that claims to be label free and it makes you sick don't eat it anymore! If we all work toward the common goal of educating ourselves and our loved ones then life will be ok. I promise.

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