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Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 4:00 AM
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Creamery's all-natural skimmed milk isn't skimmed milk

A judge agrees with the state of Florida that an all-natural creamery can't call its skimmed milk 'skimmed milk'.

The Ocheesee Creamery sued the state after it issued an order to call its product "imitation skimmed milk" because it doesn't add vitamins after cream is removed from whole milk.

A federal judge ruled in favour of the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday, saying the creamery can't call it skimmed milk.

Adding vitamins to skimmed milk goes against the creamery's all-natural philosophy, and the owners say calling it imitation skimmed milk would confuse customers. Instead of complying with the state's order, the creamery is dumping thousands of gallons of skimmed milk down the drain.

The Institute for Justice is suing on behalf of the creamery and plans to appeal the decision.

- AP

Lawsuit: Health provider, pharmacies took part in fraud

Two people have accused a Kentucky health provider and several pharmacies of taking part in billing the federal government-inflated prices for prescription drugs.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that attorneys representing pharmacist William R. Hall and Jennifer Hall filed the federal lawsuit in July, but it was sealed until recently.

The lawsuit states that Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp and nine pharmacies billed more than is allowed for providing prescription drugs to people covered by federal insurance and charged people covered by federal programmes more than they charged patients who paid cash.

L.M. 'Mike' Caudill, chief executive officer of Mountain Comprehensive Health, says the company had not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment on allegations. He assured that the company followed rules and regulations at all levels.

- AP

Low oil prices blamed for furlough of rail workers

The chairman of BNSF Railway says about 4,600 railroad employees are furloughed nationwide due to declining oil prices and a reduced demand for coal.

The Billings Gazette reports that Matthew Rose spoke on Wednesday during the Montana Energy Conference in Billings.

He says the furloughs amount to about 10 per cent of the railroad's workforce, about the same level of furloughs it had in 2007 and 2008 the beginning of the Great Recession.

Rose says the railway's volumes were down three per cent in 2015 and the company is bracing for a few tough years.

He says the Fort Worth, Texas-based company has stopped hiring and is offering buyouts to older employees.

- AP

Ford recalls 38,000 vans to fix airbags

Ford says it's recalling about 38,000 Transit vans in the US and Canada because the side curtain airbags may not protect people properly in a crash.

The recall covers low-roof Transit vans from the 2015 and 2016 model years. The company says the bags on either side of the vans may have been folded incorrectly. They may not inflate at the proper angles to protect drivers or passengers. Ford says no crashes or injuries have been reported.

The affected vans were built from March 12, 2014 through March 18, 2016.

Dealers will inspect the airbags and adjust them if needed, at no cost to owners.

- AP