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Kroger agrees to change chicken labeling


Cincinnati-based Kroger has agreed to change the label on some of its chicken products.

The move is part of an agreement to dismiss a lawsuit in a federal court in California.

Under the settlement Kroger is agreeing to remove the phrase "raised in a humane environment" from the labeling on its Simple Truth chicken packaging.

The proposed class action case was filed in 2014 by an individual consumer who contended that the "raised in a humane environment" claim was misleading.

Kroger and its supplier, Perdue, opposed that claim. In a statement, Kroger's Gil Phipps says the company stands by its labeling.

Meanwhile, Cheryl Leahy, General Counsel for Compassion Over Killing, says they're happy to see the claim - which they still view to be inaccurate - removed.

The change in labeling is expected to be complete within 12 months.