Sanderson Farms’ setback in false advertising lawsuit


By Erica Shaffer, Meat+Poultry



SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Sanderson Farms of using false and misleading advertising to market the production claims of the company’s chickens.


In 2017, Center for Food Safety and Friends of Earth sued Sanderson in US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging the company’s advertisements stating its chicken products are “100% Natural” are false and misleading. The court previously dismissed the lawsuit twice, but the third attempt was successful.


“After years of misleading the public and denying the public health risks associated with overuse of antibiotics in animal production, we welcome the judges’ decision to allow our lawsuit against Sanderson Farms to continue,” said Kari Hamerschlag, deputy director of Food and Agriculture at Friends of the Earth.


At the time the original lawsuit was filed, Sanderson said in a statement...