Jan. 29, 2013
A woman has filed a $5 million class action lawsuit against California Pizza Kitchen, as well as Nestle, Stouffer's and DiGiornos, claiming the brands are "deliberately poisoning their consumers" by selling frozen pizzas that contain transfats, or what she calls "toxic carcinogens."
According to Courthouse News Service, Katie Simpson filed the suit in Federal Court last week.
Simpson claims these brands "squeeze healthier pizzas off supermarket shelves" because their use of the low-cost partially hydrogenated vegetable oil helps increase their market share.
"Although there are safe, low-cost, and commercially acceptable alternatives to trans fat, including those used in competing brands and even in a few Nestle and CPK [California Pizza Kitchen] products, defendants unfairly elect not to use those substitutes in the Nestle trans fat pizzas in order to increase profit at the expense of consumer health," the 16-page complaint states … "Now, given its toxic properties few food companies continue to use PHVO. Defendants, however, have decided not to follow their more responsible peers and cease using PHVO, instead placing profits over public health and deliberately poisoning their consumers."
Simpson goes on to claim these companies’ "unfair and immoral" behavior is limiting the shelf space of competitors that make healthier pizzas.
According to the story, Simpson is seeking restitution, disgorgement, a cease and desist order for abatement of nuisance, corrective advertising and damages for unfair competition.
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