Nestle faces $5 million lawsuit over frozen pizzas
Some consumers are suing over frozen pizza, claiming they are a danger to public health. Video by ktnv.comvideo
California (KTNV) -- Some consumers are suing over frozen pizza, claiming they are a danger to public health.
The $5 million class action lawsuit targets Nestle Foods, for including what the plaintiffs say is a "toxic carcinogen" in the cheese for several popular frozen brands.
The cheese contains trans fats, which are known to raise bad cholesterol and lower the good.
Trans fats have been banned in restaurants across the country, but the Food and Drug Administration doesn't have a policy about pre-packaged items.
According to ABC News, Nestle's DiGiorno, Stouffer's and California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas are under fire in the lawsuit brought by Katie Simpson of San Diego.
In the lawsuit, she argues the company is "placing profits over public health" by not removing trans fat from its pizzas.
"We want all the money they have ever made from the frozen pizzas," said Attorney Greg Watson. "Katie has two young children and she likes to make pizza for them and all kids love pizza. It shouldn't have toxic food additive that's been banned all around the world."
Nestle isn't the first company to face a trans fat lawsuit.
In 2005, McDonald's paid $8.5 million for allegedly misleading consumers.