A $7 million settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of consumers over the company's use of partially hydrogenated oils. The suit was filed after McDonald's failed to cut the level of dangerous trans fats in its cooking oil as it promised to do nearly two and a half years ago. The $7 million settlement will be paid to the American Heart Association for a super-sized public education campaign about trans fats, or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, the substance that makes crackers crisp and is found in the fryers of most fast-food chains. (Feb-12-05) [US NEWSWIRE]

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