California Woman Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Nestle for Manufacturing Pizzas with Trans Fats
Katie Simpson, a mother from San Diego, has filed a class action lawsuit against Nestle for selling frozen pizzas containing trans fats. Ms. Simpson argues that “there is ‘no safe level’ of artificial trans fat intake” and that Nestle is “placing profits over public health” by selling frozen pizzas with the harmful ingredient.
Ms. Simpson has sued Nestle on behalf of herself and a class of all persons in the U.S. who purchased frozen pizzas manufactured by Nestle USA, Inc. containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (“PHVO”) on or after January 21, 2009. The complaint states that PHVO causes cardiovascular heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and accelerates cognitive decline in diabetics. The complaint points out that California, New York, and Philadelphia have already banned trans fat in restaurants. The complaint also cites to several studies that point out the harms of trans fats.
The lawsuit is based upon California’s Unfair Competition Law and seeks injunctive relief and abatement of nuisance. In all, Ms. Simpson seeks $5million in damages on behalf of the class for profits gained by Nestle for sale of the frozen pizzas. Nestle maintains that all of its pizza products are in strict compliance with FDA and USDA regulations.
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