After two years, a federal court has ruled that Ohio’s ban on the labeling of dairy products as hormone-free is unconstitutional.
After two years of wrangling in the courts, a federal court has ruled that Ohio’s ban on the labeling of dairy products as hormone-free is unconstitutional. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is a major setback for corporations selling dairy products from cows treated with synthetic bovine hormones to an unwitting public.
It was the court’s decision that Ohio’s absolute ban on voluntary, hormone-free labeling violated the First Amendment rights of dairy processors and was “more extensive than necessary to serve the state’s interest in preventing consumer deception.”
The landmark case was brought to court by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). OTA and its members, including Horizon Organic®, Organic Valley®, and Stonyfield Farm®, filed the appeal in conjunction with the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA).