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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Washington, DC, law firm of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, P.C today filed a class-action suit, in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, asking that the court prohibit KFC from using partially hydrogenated oil, or post signs be posted in KFC outlets notifying customers that many KFC foods are high in trans fat. "Grilled, baked, or roasted chicken is a healthy food-and even fried chicken can be trans-fat-free," said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson in a release posted on the CSPI site. "But coated in breading and fried in partially hydrogenated oil, this otherwise healthy food becomes something that can quite literally take years off your life.
In response, KFC told the Associated Press that the lawsuit is frivolous and noted that KFC products meet governmental guidelines.