Aug 4, 2017
This photo, provided by the mother of the bedridden girl, shows a four-year-old girl being treated at an intensive care unit for acute kidney failure, known as HUS. Her family has sued the local unit of McDonald's for serving undercooked meat in the Happy Meal burger which her daughter had before she was diagnosed with the disease. (Yonhap)
U.S. fast-food chain McDonald's is facing further trouble in South Korea
as more complaints were filed on Friday over its hamburger patties, which allegedly caused several children to become ill.
Hwang Da-yeon, an attorney, said she filed a complaint against McDonald's Korea with the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office representing three children who suffered hemorrhagic enteritis after eating hamburgers from the fast-food chain.
The controversy first broke on July 5 when a complaint was filed by a parent of a four-year-old who has been diagnosed with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), a foodborne disease that mostly results in acute kidney failure, after she ate a Happy Meal burger last year.
According to the mother, only identified by her surname Choi, the child had a Happy Meal burger and started having stomach pain two or three hours later. Her symptoms worsened to diarrhea with blood in it. She was admitted to an intensive care unit three days later, where she was given the diagnosis.
So far, the number of plaintiffs has risen to five. McDonald's last month expressed regret over the incident and that it will fully cooperate in the investigation to clarify the cause.
The incident has spurred a heated dispute in Korea. Many criticized the U.S. fast-food chain while some downplayed the possibility of the burger being the cause of renal failure. Some consumers, especially parents with young kids, vowed to boycott the company and stop their children from eating fast food.