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Suits Dismissed Against Boulder Organic Dairy

 A federal judge last week dismissed lawsuits against Boulder- based Aurora Organic Dairy. The lawsuits, filed by consumers, alleged the company's milk did not meet organic requirements.

Judge E. Richard Webber in St. Louis ruled June 3 that the company did meet the standards enforced by the National Organic Program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"We are delighted with the outcome," said Sonja Tuitele, vice president of communications for Aurora Organic Dairy. "We believe the court has correctly ruled in finding that consumers can trust products bearing the organic label."

The 19 original lawsuits were consolidated into one case and first emerged in 2005 when the Cornucopia Institute, based in Wisconsin, questioned the company's practices.

The institute led the research that resulted in claims from consumers in 40 states alleging they did not get the organic products they paid for.

The suits also named various retailers, including Wal-Mart, Safe way, Costco and Target.   

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