Judge dismisses lawsuit against Dannon alleging consumers misled by ‘all-natural’ dairy products from cows fed GMOs

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A judge has granted Dannon’s motion to dismiss a high-profile false advertising lawsuit alleging shoppers were misled by its ‘all-natural’ claims on dairy products from cows that may have eaten GM feed.

In a complaint against Dannon led in New York last year, plaintiff Polly Podpeskar alleged that reasonable consumers would not expect yogurts labeled ‘all-natural’ to use milk from cows likely fed a diet containing genetically engineered soy or corn.

The case has been watched closely given how widely ‘natural’ claims are used on dairy products from cows that may have consumed GM feed.

In its motion to dismiss the case, however, Dannon (now part of DanoneWave) said no reasonable consumer would follow Podpeskar’s “daisy-chained” logic.

[It argued:] “The mere consumption of genetically modified food simply cannot affect the genetic makeup of the organism consuming it.”

Moreover, the logic deployed in the lawsuit “has not been adopted by the FDA and has been rejected by both courts and Congress,” argued Dannon, which also noted that federal GMO labeling legislation signed into law last year by President Obama does not extend GMO labeling to products made from milk or meat from animals fed GM feed.

Read full, original post: Judge tosses ‘speculative’ lawsuit over ‘all-natural’ status of dairy products from cows fed GM feed

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