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D.C. Residents, Group to Appeal Court Ruling on Milk Warning Labels

AUGUST 07, 2006 -- WASHINGTON -- Ten D.C.-area residents who want lactose intolerance warnings on milk cartons said Friday that they plan to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. District Court. The residents and nonprofit advocacy group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), which claims that many people don't know that milk could cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms, originally filed the class action last October. Defendants named in the suit, including major Washington supermarkets Giant Food and Safeway, have argued that warning labels would lead to sales declines.

"The dairy industry has an obligation to warn consumers that milk can make them painfully sick," said Dan Kinburn, associate general counsel for PCRM, in a statement. "We believe the appeals court will overturn this anti-consumer ruling to protect the health of thousands of District residents who are lactose-intolerant or allergic to milk."

According to the plaintiffs, many people aren't aware they are lactose intolerant and thereby purchase milk, only to incur side effects after drinking it. Lactose intolerance chiefly affects people of color, but because the onset of the condition is gradual and can begin at any age, many consumers have no idea that milk is causing their symptoms.