Court Rejects California’s Strict Warnings about Chemicals in Meat

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A California appellate court has ruled the state’s anti-toxic chemicals law, Proposition 65, cannot be used to require labeling of meat approved by the federal government. The ruling came about after the American Meat Institute and National Meat Association sued Whitney Leeman, an attorney who specializes in dioxin research, for sending violation notices to eight meat processors and sellers. Leeman claimed that under Prop. 65 slaughterhouses had to notify the public of carcinogens in meat. But the Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego

disagreed, saying the Federal Meat Inspection Act pre-empted any state law.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Court Rejects Stricter Meat Warnings in Calif. (by Avery Fellow, Courthouse News Service)
American Meat Institute v. Whitney Leeman (Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, California) (pdf)


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