30 Jun '11, 12pm

The Truth About McDonald's "Hot Coffee Lawsuit" & Why It Matters (Video)

The Truth About McDonald's "Hot Coffee Lawsuit" & Why It Matters (Video)

McDonald's Operations Manual required the franchisee to hold its coffee at 180 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit; Coffee at that temperature, if spilled, causes third-degree burns (the worst kind of burn) in three to seven seconds; Third-degree burns do not heal without skin grafting, debridement and whirlpool treatments that cost tens of thousands of dollars and result in permanent disfigurement, extreme pain and disability of the victim for many months, and in some cases, years; The chairman of the department of mechanical engineering and bio-mechanical engineering at the University of Texas testified that this risk of harm is unacceptable, as did a widely recognized expert on burns, the editor in chief of the leading scholarly publication in the specialty, the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation; McDonald's admitted that it has known about the risk of serious burns from its...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/06/mcdonalds-hot-cof...

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