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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:52 PM

KFC must pay $8.3m to poisoned girl in Australia

Fast-food giant KFC has been ordered to pay $8.3m (5.1m) to the family of an Australian girl left severely brain damaged after being poisoned by a chicken meal.

Monika Samaan fell ill with salmonella poisoning after eating a "Twister" wrap at a KFC restaurant near Sydney in 2005.

The poisoning left her wheelchair-bound and unable to speak.

KFC said it was "deeply disappointed" by the decision and would appeal.

Full: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17867168

The article later quotes an unnamed KFC manager with typical PR BS: "We feel deeply for Monika and the Samaan family. However, we also have a responsibility to defend KFC's reputation as a provider of safe, high-quality food."

Before people start screaming about factory farming, this article also ends:

The court was told that Monika was in a coma for six months after she, her parents and brother fell ill with vomiting and diarrhoea after sharing the wrap, the AAP news agency reports.

The other family members all recovered. The family's lawyer told the court that at busy times, the restaurant would reuse chicken that had been dropped on the floor.

Australia ABC investigative journalism show Lateline "From farm to fork" described one farm that distributed to KFC: "51 dead rotting bodies...mouldy, they were pussy, they were decomposing ... and there were birds just sitting on them eating them, picking at them." It appears that the Australian big ag industry is just as scummy as the industry in America.

In the Sydney Morning Herald, an animal rights advovate wrote: "By encouraging factory farmers to invest large funds into making cages fractionally bigger (the space allocated per hen recently increased from 450 square centimetres to 550 square centimetres), they are ensuring that the caged system will be entrenched in Australian farms for many years to come."

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