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Potential Class Actions Against Fairlife Farms for Fraudulent Animal Welfare Representations

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that lawsuits seeking class action certification for consumers who were misled by Fairlife’s marketing regarding its treatment of cows used to produce dairy gathered in federal court in front of U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. in Chicago. This follows an October order by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordering the transfer of all such cases to the Northern District of Illinois.

“Real MEAT” Bill Companion Introduced in Senate

A Senate companion to the House Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act has been introduced in the Senate by Republican Deb Fischer. The bills propose to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require that any “imitation meat food product, beef, or beef product” both be labeled with the word “imitation” immediately before or after the name of the food in uniform size and prominence and include a “statement that clearly indicates the product is not derived from or does not contain meat.”

Peak Meat Consumption Must Occur Within Decade, Scientists Warn

Over fifty scientists have signed a letter published in the Lancet Journal of Planetary Health calling on governments to set limits on animal farming in order to comply with targets set by the Paris Agreement. According to these scientists, worldwide meat consumption must peak and then decline within the next ten years in order to meet those goals.

Smithfield Foods Sued Over “Safest” Pork Claims

The Organic Consumers Association, represented by the Richman Law Group, has filed suit against Smithfield Foods, alleging that the company’s representation of its products as the “safest” on the market is false and misleading.

New York Considers Allowing Agreements Between Agricultural Commissioner and Animal Welfare Organizations

New York Assembly Bill A10531 proposes to amend the state’s agriculture and markets law to allow the commissioner to enter into agreements with animal welfare organizations “to support the prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters affecting animals” in the state.

Groups Challenge FDA’s Approval of New Drug for Cows Raised for Beef

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Food & Water Watch, and Food Animal Concerns Trust have filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration, challenging the agency’s approval of a drug intended to decrease the amount of ammonia gas released from the waste produced by cows raised for beef.

FSIS Proposes Voluntary USDA Inspection of Yak

The Food Safety and Inspection Service has proposed to include yak and other farmed Bovidae, Cervidae, and Camelidae species among the “exotic animals” eligible for voluntary USDA inspection. The agency is accepting comments on the proposed rule until July 31, 2020.

Bill Introduced to Amend Federal Meat Inspection Act

H.R. 7162 proposes to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act in order to allow the interstate sale of state-inspected meat. The full text of the bill is not yet available

North Carolina Ag-Gag Law Declared Unconstitutional

A North Carolina federal judge has ruled that several provisions of North Carolina’s ag-gag law violate the First Amendment. The lawsuit was brought by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Center for Food Safety, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Farm Sanctuary, Food & Water Watch, Government Accountability Project, Farm Forward, and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Court Dismisses Suit Challenging Tyson “Prime” Pork Claims

A federal judge in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit brought by consumers challenging Tyson’s use of the term “prime” to describe its pork products. The buyers argued that the labeling was false and misleading because the United States Department of Agriculture does not grade pork products as “prime,” the judge concluded that a reasonable consumer would not be misled by the use of the word.