Tag Archives dairy

Aurora Dairy Corp. and other defendants have filed motions to dismiss on preemption grounds in multidistrict litigation (MDL) filed on behalf of consumers who allege that the companies misled consumers by claiming their products are organic, when, in fact, they are not following organic standards and regulations. In re: Aurora Dairy Corp. Organic Milk Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig., No. MDL 1907 (E.D. Mo.), motions filed October 17, 2008). According to the defendants, the plaintiffs’ state-law claims would have the effect of rewriting national regulations for organic food production. Asserting that it holds valid organic certifications from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Aurora argues that the relief requested would “preclude Aurora from using the very seal that the USDA, through its duly-accredited certifying agents, has expressly authorized Aurora to use.” Co-lead counsel for plaintiffs was quoted as saying, “Aurora spends a lot of time arguing that plaintiffs are trying to regulate…

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued the results of “its interim safety and risk assessment of melamine and melamine-related compounds in food, including infant food.” Prompted by “reports of melamine contamination in milk-derived ingredients” manufactured in China, FDA reviewed its scientific literature on melamine toxicity, pointing to “gaps in our scientific knowledge” regarding the threshold at which the industrial chemical becomes dangerous in infants. “There is too much uncertainty to set a level in infant formula and rule out any public health concern,” according to an October 3, 2008, FDA press release, which noted that for other food products, “levels of melamine and melamine-related compounds below 2.5 parts per million do not raise concerns.” Meanwhile, U.S. officials have reportedly located more melamine-tainted candy from China in New Haven, Connecticut, where two specialty stores were selling the White Rabbit Creamy Candy brand implicated in the global dairy scandal.…

Close