Group claims dairy used by Dean fails organic standards
DALLAS (AP) - A consumer group says a California farm that
supplies organic milk to Dean Foods is breaking federal rules on
organic production by keeping cows penned instead of letting them
roam over pastures.
Dallas-based Dean Foods is the nation's largest dairy processor.
The Cornucopia Institute said today that its officials and other
dairy farmers saw cows being penned even during good weather at the
Fagundes Brothers Dairy near the San Joaquin Valley town of
Snelling. The Wisconsin-based group asked the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to investigate the dairy.
Federal rules require that dairy sold as organic must come from
cows that have access to pasture.
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