The Soy Lawsuit

December 23, 2009
From: KT RadioNetwork

A prison in Danville, Ill., is endangering inmates’ health by serving meals made with soy, nine plaintiffs allege in a federal lawsuit.

The Chicago Tribune said the plaintiffs allege in the U.S. District Court lawsuit the menu items involving soy that are served at the Danville Correctional Center could negatively impact inmates with existing gastrointestinal and thyroid problems, allergies or sensitivities.

The Weston A. Price Foundation, which is helping fund the suit, alleges prison inmates in Illinois are being fed as much as 100 grams of soy protein daily. That offered number is well above the nearly 25 grams a day recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“Never before have we had a large population like this being served such a high level of soy with almost no other choice,” foundation president Sally Fallon said.

The plaintiffs want the court to issue an injunction against the Department of Corrections to stop soy products from being used in prison meals throughout the state. The plaintiffs are also seeking unspecified damages.

The Tribune said the Department of Corrections has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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