Katie Simpson of San Diego, Calif. has filed a lawsuit against Nestle over the company’s pizza brands claiming they are a danger to public health, ABC News reported on Wednesday, Jan 30.
The $5 million class-action lawsuit takes on Nestle pizza brands DiGiorno, Stouffer’s and California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas brought on by Simpson. In the lawsuit, Katie Simpson argues that Nestle is “placing profits over public healthy” by not removing trans-fat from its pizzas.
Greg Watson, Ms. Simpson’s attorney, told “Good Morning America” that “Katie has two young children and she likes to make pizza for them, and all kids love pizza. It shouldn’t have a toxic food additive that’s been banned all around the world.”
California, New York City, Philadelphia and other local governments have banned the use of trans-fat in foods served in restaurants. Studies show that trans-fat raises bad cholesterol, LDL, and lowers the good kind of cholesterol, HDL.
Currently there are no bans on trans-fat in packaged foods. The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture only requirement is that companies list all the ingredients on the label.
Katie Simpson says she had no idea that the favorite pizza brands she was buying contained what the lawsuit calls “a toxic carcinogen.”
“We want all the money they have ever made from frozen pizza,” Simpson’s lawyer says.
McDonalds’s paid out $8.5 in 2005 to settle two lawsuits alleging the company misled customers about trans-fat levels in its food. Some legal experts wonder whether this latest class-action lawsuit against Nestle over their frozen pizza brands will be tossed out of court.
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