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The non profit group, BanTransFats.com, sued the fast food company in 2003 for allegedly failing to live up to its 2002 promise to reduce Trans Fatty Acids. Trans Fats appear in hydrogenated cooking oil in McDonald's French fries and are known to raise cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. McDonald's has agreed to pay an $8.5 million settlement to educate the public about the Trans Fat it uses. $7 million will go to the American Heart Association for public education about Trans Fats and $1.5 million will be spent on publicizing its failure to meet the deadline. The company will also pay roughly $2 million for the plaintiff's attorney's fees. (Aug-27-05) [SUN TIMES]
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Published on Aug-29-05
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