Environmental Group Plans to Sue KFC, Wendy's


Sacramento, California--KFC of America and Wendy'sInternational were issued 60-day notices that a group calledEnvironmental World Watch intends to sue them under provisions ofCalifornia's Proposition 65 cancer-warning statute, because ofthe chemical acrylamide in their french fries. Documents filed withstate attorney general Bill Lockyer indicate that lawsuits againstthe companies could commence after August 24. A group called theCouncil for Education and Research on Toxins filed similar lawsuitnotices against McDonald's and Burger King in May.

The latest filings coincide with the conclusion in Geneva of aspecially convened UN meeting of food scientists and officials whoexpressed "major concern" about recent findings that thesuspected human carcinogen acrylamide forms at high levels in bakedand fried starchy foods. -Nation's RestaurantNews

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