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Lawsuits allege McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King falsely advertised size of their burger patties

Several lawsuits filed recently accused fast food giants McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King of exaggerating the size of the patties on their burgers in advertisements, and offering much smaller patties to its customers.

One of the suits, filed in the Eastern District of New York, alleges the fast food chains use undercooked patties in their advertisements to make their burgers appear 20 percent larger than the offerings they serve to customers in stores. “A food stylist for Wendy’s has admitted that she tricks and deceives customers by using undercooked patties in burger advertisements,” says the suit.

The complaint accuses Wendy’s of overstating the size of the patties on 19 of the burgers on its menu, while McDonald’s “materially overstates the size of the beef patties for nearly every menu item in its current advertisements.”

The food stylist named in the EDNY suit said in a 2014 interview with Money Talks News that she preferred working with undercooked patties in advertisements and often used a burger patty purchased from a grocery store in her shoots for Wendy’s and McDonald’s. 

In a second federal lawsuit in Florida, Burger King is accused by the same three law firms of advertising much thicker patties than customers receive. The suit points to evidence on social media and YouTube where customers have reviewed their food from Burger King and expressed their disappointment in the size of the patties they received compared to the photos they had seen advertised. 

The same lawsuit accuses McDonald’s of advertising patties that extend all the way to the edge of the buns on their burgers, but in reality customers are receiving patties that come nowhere close to reaching the edges of the bun.

The suit alleges the fast food chains are “unfairly diverting millions of dollars in sales that would have gone to competitors” by falsely advertising the size of their food items.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: FOODANDWINE.COM

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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