Published: Tue, November 19, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Lawsuit: Burger King fake meat prep violates vegan rights

Lawsuit: Burger King fake meat prep violates vegan rights

A group of disgruntled vegan fast food diners have rallied together to file a lawsuit against Burger King after the company were found to be cooking their meatless Impossible Burgers on the same grill as their beef patties.

Williams bought an Impossible Whopper without mayonnaise (problematic for a vegan, with eggs among the condiment's ingredients) from a Burger King drive-thru in Atlanta because he saw no signs saying it was cooked on the same grill as an animal-based Whopper.

Williams says as a result of Burger King's cooking methods, his supposedly meat-free meal was contaminated by meat by-products.

Williams calls for compensation for all consumers in the USA who bought the product and requests the fast-food chain clearly disclose the two burgers are cooked on the same grill.

Burger King does have a note on its website that says, "For guests looking for a meat-free option, a non-broiler method of preparation is available upon request".

With the Impossible Whopper having a demonstrated impact on Burger King's bottom line (inspiring a 5% sales growth during the third quarter of 2019 according to CNN), even European BK's are expanding the meatless craze.

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Williams not only wants damages. he wants the judge to order Burger King to stop cooking Impossible Burgers and the OG burgers on the same grill.

The case is Williams v Burger King Corp, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, No. 19-24755.

Another wrote: "Hey @BurgerKing are you really cooking your Impossible burgers on the same broiler as the meat?"

Burger King is headquartered in Miami but owned by Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International, whose portfolio also includes Popeyes and Tim Hortons.

A class-action lawsuit was reportedly filed by Phillip Williams over the restaurant's alleged cooking practices concerning the new Impossible Whopper. The plaintiff claims he would not have paid a premium price for the burger if he knew it was cooked on the same grill as meat patties.

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