The class action lawsuit filed Monday in the southern district of Florida claims that while the burger chain advertises its vegan option as meat-free, it is contaminated with meat by-products as they are cooked on the same grill meat products.
The lawsuit raises false advertising for Burger King and financially benefits from offering a vegan option that is not vegan in reality.
Burger King declined to comment on several media. The CNN sister network HLN has turned to Burger King for an answer to the allegations in the lawsuit, but has not yet received a response.
"For those looking for a meat-free option, a preparation method without a broiler is available."
Phillip Williams, the plaintiff in the case, is a vegan who eats or drinks nothing that contains animal by-products.
He bought an Impossible Whopper at a site in Atlanta in August, after seeing advertisements and paying a "premium price" for the meatless option.
The lawsuit alleges that he did not buy the burger if he had known he had been cooked this way. [1
Williams "suffered a financial loss equal to the amount he had paid for the purchase of" Impossible Whopper. "
According to the lawsuit, several other consumers have similar complaints online about the chain's chain of sale practices by Impossible Whopper.