McDonald's sued over McSalmon burger sickness

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OSLO -- McDonald's in Norway is facing legal action following claims that its McLaks salmon fillet burger, launched in June, caused food poisoning.

Four people, including two McDonald's employees, were hospitalized after eating tainted McLaks salmon burgers at a restaurant in Lorenskog, located in the outskirts of Oslo.

The incident forced the withdrawal of McLaks from the domestic market, and the suspension of plans to launch the product in the U.K., France and Japan.

McDonald's Norway, which operates a countrywide chain of 36 outlets, confirmed that the food poisoning materialized from a "corrupted" consignment of salmon fillets delivered by the Norwegian fish firm West Fish, based in Alesund. McDonald's Norway has declined to comment while the lawsuit is pending.

Separate legal actions against McDonald's have been filed by the four people who claim they became sick after consuming McLaks burgers. McDonald's has been producing salmon burgers in Norway since the 1970s. However, McLaks is the chain's first fish burger composed solely of salmon fillets.

"At first the McLaks tasted very good, but after some minutes my mouth and throat became numb, and I experienced internal spasms," said Geir Sundberg, one of the four filing suit against McDonald's.

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