SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – A consumer advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Ben & Jerry’s alleging the ice cream company misleads consumers about its environmental practices.
Vermont Public Radio reports a lawsuit filed July 10 in Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Organic Consumers Association claims Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, used advertising to create the false perception that the ice cream company “is committed to a clean environment and high animal welfare standards.”
The nonprofit says most of the milk used in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream doesn’t meet its standards for animal care and labor practices. They also claim that farms supplying the company are polluting Vermont’s Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi.
A Ben & Jerry’s spokeswoman says the company does not comment on lawsuits.