Ga. appeals court hears case over Vidalia onion regulation


Kate Brumback
January 15, 2015 1:45AM (UTC)

ATLANTA (AP) — A bitter fight over Georgia's famed sweet onions is winding its way through the state's legal system.

The Georgia Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments in a 2013 lawsuit by Glennville Vidalia onion farmer Delbert Bland. He's fighting a state regulation that prohibits Vidalia onions from being packaged for shipping before the last full week in April.

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State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black has said other farmers asked for the regulation to protect the quality of Georgia's $150 million Vidalia onion crop after consumers complained unripe onions were being sold in stores.

Bland says the commissioner overstepped his bounds. A Fulton County Superior Court judge agreed with the farmer when she struck down the rule last March. Black appealed the lower court's decision.


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