The Kerrygold company quickly rose to the number two spot among butter company sales in the United States in 2018 (behind Land O’Lakes), in large part because its butter is from grass-fed cows.
In a market where most cattle are fed diets almost entirely composed of genetically engineered corn, soy, and other unhealthy crops that have been soaked in glyphosate, Kerrygold has set itself apart because of the way it raises its cows to naturally graze on grass, as well as its taste, which customers describe as richer and more flavorful than most mainstream butters.
Unfortunately for the company, its image took a hit back in July 2018 after it was widely reported that a lawsuit was filed by California resident Dyami Myers-Taylor, who alleged that the butter’s labeling claims were “false, misleading and deceptive.”
The class action lawsuit also sought to bring two additional suits against the company.
As part of the original suit, it was alleged that during certain times of the year, Kerrygold’s cows were fed genetically engineered grains instead of grass.
In the complaint, Myers-Taylor alleged that he had been “misled into purchasing Kerrygold products because of false and misleading advertising.”
The plaintiff sued for “unspecified economic damage” that resulted from buying the product that may have been fed grains, the lawsuit said. But due to a lack of proper documentation on the products purchased and the amounts he allegedly paid a premium price for, the lawsuit was dismissed this past March in a court decision that went mostly unnoticed.
Judge Marilyn Huff in the U.S. District Court of California granted the company’s request to dismiss the case this past March, to which Myers-Taylor agreed.
“We are satisfied that the court in California accepted our position and granted our motion to have this lawsuit dismissed and we thank the court for its time.”
The news has not still been reported on by major news media outlets over five months since the decision was announced.
Is Kerrygold Grass Fed Butter a Healthy Option?
While the lawsuit did not reveal the extent to which Myers-Taylor’s claims were correct, it has previously been revealed by Dave Asprey of the Bulletproof supplement company that Kerrygold’s feed is about 3% GMO, while the vast majority of it is grass.
He also launched a petition to make Kerrygold’s feed entirely non-GMO and grass-fed, but it was ended with no explanation in April 2017.
Considering how hard it is to find grass fed butter in stores, Asprey and many other holistic health advocates still recommend Kerrygold Irish Butter, along with other options like Anchor grass fed butter from New Zealand (which puts its cows on pasture year-round according to the website Food Renegade as of July 2018), Organic Valley Pasture butter or ghee, Kalona Supernatural butter and others.
Ultimately, it’s up to the consumer to decide whether it’s worth ingesting the small amount of GMO contamination that may go into Kerrygold butter.
Personally, I like it better than virtually all butters on the market, but I do prefer Anchor New Zealand butter and Organic Valley whenever possible due to this concern.
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