Organic dairy scandal concludes with a $7.5 million settlement

Monday, September 24, 2012 by: Ben
Tags: organic dairy, scandal, settlement

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
STATINS RED ALERT: Widely prescribed drugs act as cellular poisons that accelerate aging... deactivate DNA repair... promote diabetes, muscle fatigue and memory loss
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
(NaturalNews) The debate concerning the health benefits and detriments of organic food in comparison to conventional food is ongoing, but the latest organic dairy scandal has given some truth to the notion that what you see isn't necessarily what you get. A large organic dairy farm has come under fire from consumers for their organic milk being marketed with fraudulent claims. To end the lawsuit, a $7.5 million settlement has been paid to the plaintiffs.

The raising of cattle for the production of organic foods is more natural and "old-fashioned" than cattle raised for conventional food. One of the most notable differences is in the food the livestock eats: no antibiotics, growth hormones, animal by-products, drugs, chemicals or pesticides. The farmers don't use chemicals on the grazing pastures either. Furthermore, the cattle are generally permitted to roam freely, and barns are void of narrow stalls.

All meat labeled as organic (displaying the "certified organic" stamp or sticker) has to meet the requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture.

This particular scandal began when a farm research group filed a complaint to the USDA that up to 4,400 dairy cows were being confined on giant feedlots by the organic dairy farm. It is required by federal standards that organically-raised cows be permitted to graze. This first complaint was dismissed.

When federal inspectors found that this allegation was actually true, in addition to 13 other violations of organic food production, a second complaint was filed. Despite this, the farm continued production and faced no fines.

Eventually, more than 30 states yielded consumers that purchased store brand organic milk produced by the same farm with 14 violations, and the lawsuit was born. Not only has the farm been targeted, but the massive chains selling the misleading product have been as well.

The lawsuit centralized on the labeling of the milk. Images of cows grazing in green pastures and graphics displaying family farms are, in this situation, telling a lie. One of the reasons people purchase organic products is to support the healthy, happy lives animals lead when raised organically, so this misrepresentation became a source of anger and discontent to its purchasers.

The dairy farm in question continues to admit no malpractice and claims they chose to settle in order to avoid the hassle of court.

Regardless of the reasoning, this is a good step for those who choose to buy organic, as well as for organic farmers who follow regulations. It proves that corporations will be held responsible whether the USDA takes action or not for allegations of violations.

Sources for this article include:

About the author:
Ben enjoys writing about the benefits of green tea at, a revenue sharing site that publishes unique and interesting articles.

Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Organic dairy at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.