Another One For the Team

Federal court dismisses lawsuit seeking warning labels on milk products.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a lawsuit against various dairy branded manufacturers filed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), an anti-meat, anti-dairy group whose campaigns and views are closely aligned with the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The court found that PCRM’s request for lactose intolerance warning labels on milk was contrary to the Food and Drug Administration’s labeling requirements and that there was no legitimate safety issue. 
“PCRM’s legal action was yet another attempt by this animal rights group to grab headlines at the expense of sound health and nutrition information,” says Greg Miller, Ph.D., executive vice president of science and innovation for the National Dairy Council, the nutrition research and education arm of the dairy checkoff program. “The bottom line is that when it comes to nutrition, people should listen to health and nutrition professionals, not an animal rights group.”
 To that end, national and local dairy council staffs work closely with health professionals to address misinformation relative to lactose intolerance. Many Americans perceive lactose intolerance as an “all-or-nothing” condition. In reality, controlled clinical trials indicate that lactose is not a major cause of symptoms for lactose maldigesters who consume a typical serving of dairy products, such as one cup of milk with a meal.
“It’s important for people to understand the health consequences of avoiding dairy foods, as it represents the major source of dietary calcium,” Miller says. “Avoiding dairy may increase the risk of serious illness, including hypertension, stroke, colon cancer and osteoporosis.”
Producer-funded efforts provide dietitians, doctors and other health professionals with the tools to communicate the facts about lactose intolerance, including consumer brochures, fact sheets and targeted materials to reach school foodservice professionals and parents of school-age children.
Downloadable materials are available at For more information about producer-funded nutrition research and education efforts, visit
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