Last week U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. dismissed the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)'s lawsuit requesting lactose intolerance warning labels on milk.

PCRM is an anti-meat, anti-dairy group whose campaigns and views are closely aligned with the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

"The ruling is a sound defeat for PCRM, a group whose views on nutrition have been repeatedly denounced by reputable science and health organizations," says International Dairy Foods Association Vice President of Communications Susan Ruland. "The judge sent a clear and strong message that PCRM's antics will not be entertained in court."

The court found that PCRM's request was contrary to the Food and Drug Administration's labeling requirements and that there was no legitimate safety issue. PCRM has 30 days to appeal the decision.

"PCRM's legal action was yet another attempt by this animal rights group to grab headlines at the expense of sound health and nutrition information," says Greg Miller, Ph.D., executive vice president of science and innovation, National Dairy Council. "The bottom line is that when it comes to nutrition, people should listen to health and nutrition professionals, not an animal rights group."

Health professionals agree that lactose intolerance doesn't require dairy avoidance. With a few simple steps, people who are sensitive to lactose can continue to enjoy dairy foods.

However, this is not the last word on this issue. According to a press release on the PCRM web site the group plans to appeal the decision because “the dairy industry has an obligation to warn consumers that milk can make them painfully sick.”