Organic dairy consumers handed clear win

Great news for the organic dairy industry coming out of the Buckeye state today, where a court decision banning packaging claims was reversed. Here’s the deal, and why it’s big:

About two years ago the State of Ohio issued a regulation that severely restricted the organic milk industry’s ability to make clear claims on packing; for us that meant we couldn’t simply call out that our milk was rBST-free, contained no pesticides, and contained no antibiotics. That’s a pretty big deal for not only an organic milk company, but the entire organic community in general. So, naturally the Organic Trade Association (OTA) stepped up to fight the ruling. Unfortunately, they lost and Ohio began to move forward with the regulation.

But the OTA appealed! And today found out that the ruling has been overturned by Ohio’s Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

This is a clear win for organics, and for consumers who rely on organic dairy foods. You can read more about the details of the ruling here.

2 Responses to “Organic dairy consumers handed clear win”

  1. Lisa DeCarlo says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t understand this article. It’s not clear to me exactly what Ohio was restricting. The statement, “severely restricted the organic milk industry’s ability to make clear claims on packing; for us that meant we couldn’t simply call out that our milk was rBST-free, contained no pesticides, and contained no antibiotics” doesn’t make sense to me. What does “call out” mean as far as packaging? I would like to share this news on my facebook wall, but I don’t feel comfortable doing so without fully understanding. Thank you.

  2. Jarod Ballentine says:

    Hey Lisa,

    No problem. The original ruling wouldn’t have allowed us to print the wording, “produced without the use of antibiotics, pesticides or added growth hormones”. So when seen next to a conventional milk product, there would not have been any differentiating copy other than the brand names. With the ruling being overturned, we don’t have to take those claims off of our milk cartons and other product packaging.

    Does that help? Thanks for taking the time to read the post!

    – Jarod

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