Federal Appeals Court Rejects Egg-Labeling Lawsuit

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to require labels on egg cartons indicating the conditions in which the chickens were raised.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that several federal agencies had acted reasonably in rejecting the labeling regulations.

The plaintiffs — two animal advocacy groups and six egg consumers — wanted the cartons to bear the terms “Free-Range Eggs,” ”Cage-Free Eggs,” or “Eggs from Caged Hens.”

They argued that eggs from caged hens are nutritionally inferior and carry a greater risk of Salmonella contamination.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said evidence for those claims was not persuasive.

A call to an attorney for the animal groups and egg consumers was not immediately returned.