Denny’s Sued over Salt

Saturday, September 05, 2009
Meat Lover's Scramble

Denny’s restaurant might be a “grand slam” of a deal, but the salt content of the food might be enough to strike out those with high blood pressure. A lawsuit filed by an Illinois man claims Denny’s food is dangerously high in salt, and that the restaurant chain makes little effort to publicize this fact to its patrons. In fact, the suit states that a single meal at the restaurant “may contain more sodium than a human being should consume in 4 days,” which could be especially bad for customers with high blood pressure and hypertension.

A laboratory analysis of Denny’s menu items found that 75% contained much more than the 1,500 milligrams of salt per day recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include favorites of plaintiff Jason Ciszewski: “Moons over My Hammy” (3,200 mg.); “SuperBird Sandwich” (2,600 mg.); and “Meat Lover’s Scramble” (5,600 mg.). The “Meat Lover’s Scramble” consists of two eggs scrambled with bacon, diced ham and crumbled sausage, and topped with cheddar cheese, and is served with extra bacon strips and sausage links, as well as two buttermilk pancakes.
Ciszewski is seeking more than $5 million in damages for deceptive trade, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Class Sues Denny's Over Sodium-Laden Food (by Bridget Freeland, Courthouse News Service)
Jason Ciszewski v. Denny’s Corporation (U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois-Eastern Division)


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