MADISON, Wis. — A federal
judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Ohio dairy operation
against Wisconsin officials over the state's ban on the sale of
Minerva Dairy, of Minerva, Ohio, argued the ban unconstitutionally
protected large Wisconsin-based dairies. The dairy had sold
artisanal butter in Wisconsin until February 2017 when state
inspectors discovered its product was ungraded and ordered the
company to comply with the law.
The State Journal reports U.S. District Judge James Peterson, in a
ruling Monday, says the state has the right to require grade labels
on retail butter so that consumers can purchase the product with
confidence in its quality.
The Pacific Legal Foundation represented Minerva in the lawsuit. The
foundation's Joshua Thompson says an appeal is planned.