Tuna Cos. Dodge Calif. Mercury-Labeling Requirement

Law360, New York (March 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Court of Appeal of the State of California has shot down the state's bid to require canned tuna fish distributors to include warnings to pregnant woman that the products contain methylmercury.

Issued on Wednesday, the ruling upheld the San Francisco City and County Superior Court’s previous verdict that tuna companies were not required to post a warning under the state’s “right to know” statute because methylmercury in tuna is naturally occurring and that the dispute is preempted by federal law.

The state of California brought...
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