Starbucks May Be Next Target of Fatty-Fighting Group
Monday , June 19, 2006
NEW YORK (Reuters) — Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) may be next on the target list of a consumer-health group that this week sued the operator of the KFC fried chicken restaurant chain for frying foods in oils high in harmful trans fat.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest said it is planning to campaign against the global cafe chain because of the increased risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer associated with high-calorie, high-fat products it sells.
And the possibility of legal action against Starbucks, similar to the case it is taking against KFC owner Yum Brands Inc. (YUM), has not been ruled out, said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson.
"Regular consumers of Starbucks products could face Venti-sized health problems," Jacobson said, referring to Starbucks' use of the 'Venti' designation for 'large.'
The group is primarily funded by newsletter subscribers and individual donors. It has support in the campaign from the small IWW Starbucks Workers Union, which has members in three stores, all in New York.
They would like Starbucks to list nutrition information — which is currently available online and in store brochures — on its menu boards.
"Customers can ask for nutrition information, but when you're talking about a transparent business in a busy world, that's not enough," union organizer and Starbucks "barista" staff member Daniel Gross said in an interview.
Somebody! Please! Get these people a real job so they won’t have time to stick their noses in everybody else’s business. People are going to eat fried chicken and drink lattes if they want to, and these busybodies just make doing business more expensive, hence the products we want to buy are also more expensive.
And if I ran Starbucks, there would be 100 percent of the members of the small IWW Starbucks Workers Union looking for employment, too.
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