Long John Silver's responds to 'Worst Meal' claim

July 3, 2013

Long John Silver's today responded to the Center for Science in Public Interest's (CSPI) claim that its Big Catch is the "Worse Restaurant Meal in America."

The brand's statement is as follows:

"Long John Silver's Big Catch is a limited time only special that delivers tremendous value to value hungry consumers. The Big Catch can be paired with a variety of side items including corn, green beans, rice, cole slaw, fries, onion rings and hushpuppies. The Big Catch is a wild-caught whitefish three times the size in weight of our normal uncooked whitefish. The Big Catch basket meal is offered at $4.99 and includes a choice of sides and delicious hushpuppies.

Long John Silver's offers a variety of meal choices including baked fish and shrimp that can satisfy almost every diner's dietary choices.

We stand behind our published food data and will review any requests from CSPI that raise questions about our data."

Long John Silver's also posted a message on its Facebook page, telling fans it was aware of the CSPI article and letting them know it has been in contact with them regarding the claims. As this issue clears up, Long John Silver's has removed all links from its Facebook page and will allow users to post again starting next week.

"Thank you to our fans and followers who know that there's two sides to every story," the company wrote.

The CSPI released its news Tuesday morning, calling the Big Catch "by far" the worst when it "comes to clogging arteries." It cited the meal's 19 grams of saturated fat and 3,700 mg of sodium. The group also claims the Big Catch has 33 grams of transfat, 16 times the daily maximum of transfat recommended by the American Heart Association. The CSPI called on its Twitter follows to ask the brand to stop using transfats, directing them to a petition.

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Topics: Food & Beverage , Health & Nutrition , Marketing / Branding / Promotion

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