Did You Know You Can Be Sued By A Food Producer For Making Disparaging Comments About Their Food?

libel2Wikipedia: 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?

  1. 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!”
  2. 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.

3 thoughts on “Did You Know You Can Be Sued By A Food Producer For Making Disparaging Comments About Their Food?

  1. Melinda

    Whatever happened to free speech? Meanwhile, corrupt politicians, which is the majority of them, but most notably the Nest Pres, can tell any outrageous lie they wish, and no one holds them accountable.

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  2. Lloyd

    Free speech does not mean that anyone can say whatever they want with no repercussions. It means there are no laws preventing you from expressing your opinion. If I call a 300 lb. Hell’s Angel an effete, self-indulgent moron. I could expect him to take exception and try to batter my tonsils with his boots. I am free to say whatever I want and I am also free to suffer the consequences.

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