ICE CREAM giant Ben & Jerry’s is being sued over its commitment to animal welfare.
The consumer advocacy group Organic Consumers Association claims it is misleading consumers.
OCA has filed a lawsuit at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in Washington that accuses Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, of using advertising to create the false perception that the ice cream company “is committed to a clean environment and high animal welfare standards.”
The nonprofit group says most of the milk used in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream doesn’t meet its standards for animal care and labor practices.
OCA claims in the suit the milk “comes from cows raised in regular factory-style, mass-production dairy operations.”
It also claims that farms supplying the company are polluting Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi and that several ice cream flavors contain traces of the pesticide glyphosate.
A Ben & Jerry’s spokeswoman said the company does not comment on lawsuits.