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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) today unveiled its "Worst Restaurant Meal in America" as Long John Silver's Big Catch.
The CSPI released its news this morning via Twitter, calling the Big Catch "by far" the worst when it "comes to clogging arteries." It cites 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.
The group said it will press the Food and Drug Administration to take regulatory action on the basis of its findings and will notify the company that it may face a lawsuit if it continues to misrepresent the nutritional quality of the meal.
In a release, the CSPI writes: "Laboratory tests show that Long John Silver's 'Big Catch' meal with onion rings has an astonishing 33 grams of trans fat — the most powerful promoter of heart disease in the food supply ... Please join us in asking Long John Silver's to take trans fat off the menu — as it already has in California — and to stop misleading the public about the amount of fish in the Big Catch meal."
The CSPI also accuses LJS of "overstating" the amount of actual fish in the Big Catch meal, stating: "The chain claims the Big Catch is '7 ounces to 8 ounces of 100-percent premium haddock caught in the icy waters of the North Atlantic,' but once CSPI researchers carefully removed the batter from the fish, they found an average of about 4.5 ounces of actual fish and almost 3 ounces of oil-soaked batter."
Long John Silver's introduced its Big Catch in May. The $4.99 basket meal includes a wild-caught Haddock, a choice of a side and hush puppies.
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