Wikipedia: Food Libel Laws:
Food libel laws, also known as food disparagement laws and informally as veggie libel laws, are laws passed in thirteen U.S. states that make it easier for food producers to sue their critics for libel. These thirteen states are Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.
Food libel laws typically allow a food manufacturer or processor to sue a person or group who makes disparaging comments about their food products.
Wikipedia says they’re known informally as veggie libel laws, maybe because the notable cases involved disparaging comments against the beef industry?
- Oprah Winfrey in the Amarillo Texas beef trial was sued for exclaiming, after her guest discussed beef industry practices, that his revelations “stopped me cold from eating another hamburger!”
- In the McLibel case, 2 people were sued by McDonald’s after distributing a pamphlet accusing the company of, among other things, production of unhealthful food and cruelty towards animals.