Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Agriculture
refused to grant a license to the Honest Kitchen to sell its
products in the state, citing the fact that the labels were
misleading because they describe the company's petfoods as
"human food grade." After a six-month lawsuit, the court has
ruled in favor of the Honest Kitchen, citing the company's
right to truthful, commercial free speech. The court determined
that the labels were not untruthful or misleading and ruled on
November 6 that the company had the constitutional right to
make truthful statements about the quality of its petfood
products on the labels. The Ohio Department of Agriculture had
previously acknowledged that the products were human food
grade, yet claimed that staing the fact on the labels could be
confusing to consumers.
"Food grade and feed grade are references to quality of a
finished product," stated Lucy Postins, the company's founder.
"Our products are made with ingredients of a quality or grade
that makes them safe for a human to consume, yet formulated to
meet the nutritional requirements of cats and dogs, in terms of
actual nutritional content. They meet the AAFCO nutrient
profiles like most other petfoods, but are made with
ingredients of a higher grade." The Honest Kitchen has
been the only petfood manufacturer in the United States to have
proven to FDA that every ingredient it uses in its products are
suitable for human consumption and the products are
manufactured in a human food facility.
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