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Docs Seek Injunction Against Dairy Ads

posted on July 1, 2005

A group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine plans to file a lawsuit accusing the U.S. dairy industry and several food companies of falsely claiming that dairy consumption can help people lose weight.

In documents obtained this week by The Associated Press, the physicians group takes aim at industry-funded television and print advertisements that claim the consumption of 24 ounces of fat-free or lowfat dairy every day can help the body burn fat.

The group, which advocates a vegan diet, will ask a district court in Virginia for an injunction banning the ads. The group claims that most scientific evidence shows people either gain pounds or remain the same weight when increasing dairy consumption.

One of the defendants is the International Dairy Foods Association, a trade group that represents food manufacturers that use dairy products. A spokeswoman for the association denied the allegations, saying that many studies back the industry's claim.

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