Frito-Lay Target of Olestra Lawsuit
CSPI Wants Court to Order Labels on Frito Lay “Light” Chips to Warn of Diarrhea, Stomach Cramps. Frito-Lay has been notified that it will be sued by a Massachusetts consumer for deceptively marketing its line of “Light” potato chips. Those chips are made with olestra—the controversial fat substitute that causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, and other unappetizing symptoms.
“I remember learning about the effects of olestra, so never in a million years would I have knowingly purchased potato chips that contain it,” said Lori Perlow, the plaintiff. “I was driving my car when my symptoms hit. Frankly I feel lucky to have reached my destination in one piece.” Link