Carcinogen Found in Chicken: PCRM Warning-Label Lawsuit Moves Forward

The Physicians Committee
NEWS RELEASE August 17, 2010
Carcinogen Found in Chicken: PCRM Warning-Label Lawsuit Moves Forward

WASHINGTON—The State of California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles last week ruled in favor of consumers in a lawsuit that seeks to compel McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to post warnings in California restaurants about the cancer risk of grilled chicken.

PCRM is the plaintiff in the case. The Court of Appeal reversed the lower court’s unfavorable ruling and awarded PCRM costs. This means the fast-food chains will be put on trial for selling products containing a known carcinogen. 

The lawsuit was originally filed under California’s Proposition 65, which states that consumers must be warned about products that contain known carcinogens. The suit is based on independent laboratory tests that found the chemical PhIP in 100 grilled chicken samples from seven restaurant chains. The National Institutes of Health have identified PhIP as carcinogenic, as have the state of California and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

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