SYDNEY, April 27 Fast-food chain KFC has been
ordered to pay A$8 million ($8.3 million) in damages to the
family of an Australian girl who was left severely brain damaged
and in a wheelchair after being poisoned by a chicken meal.
In 2005, Monika Samaan, then aged seven, her parents and her
brother were hospitalised with salmonella poisoning after eating
a "Twister" chicken wrap at a KFC restaurant near Sydney.
KFC, owned by Yum! Brands, said it was a tragic case
but was "deeply disappointed and surprised by the decision" and
would appeal against it.
Last week, a New South Wales Supreme Court judge ruled in
favour of the family, saying KFC had breached its duty of care
to the girl. On Friday, it awarded the family A$8 million in
damages, as well as court costs.
Australian media quoted their lawyer, George Vlahakis, as
saying the girl's illness had "exhausted the very limited
resources of the family".
"The compensation ordered is very much needed," Vlahakis
($1 = 0.9642 Australian dollars)
(Reporting by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Paul Tait)