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Governor to consider milk label requirement

April 3, 2009

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— Ben & Jerry’s ice cream may be unavailable in Kansas if legislation restricting dairy labels is put into law, a state legislator said Friday.

State Rep. Josh Svaty, D-Ellsworth, who opposed the bill, warned House members they may face some angry constituents.

They will ask, Svaty said, "What happened to Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Why did you take that away from us?"

But supporters of the bill said food companies will have no trouble complying with the law.

Under the measure, producers who state their product is not from cows supplemented with the artificial growth hormone rBST would have to document the claim and put on the product label a disclaimer that the federal government has determined that rBST makes no difference.

Large dairy producers say it is misleading to brag about being hormone-free because there is no evidence linking the hormones given to cows with any problems in milk or other dairy products.

But opponents say some people want to know whether hormones are used because they believe it could either adversely affect the quality of the milk or the health of the cow.

The bill has been approved by both the House and Senate and goes to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for consideration.

Comments

repaste 5 years ago

Remember who runs this country. their rule is all-powerful. Anyone with a brain can see the lunacy of this. Before BGH a cow might put out 90 pounds milk per day, now they are pushing 250. The Gov. now sometimes buys milk and pours it out or powders it to keep prices up. Big Ag already is involved in restricting small ag,from "organic" water down 30,000 pig cities, to irradiating in secret - you can not say "radiation free". In 50 years I think they will call this the dark ages of food.

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goodcitizen 5 years ago

If I was a small dairy farmer, and this law goes through I would change my company name to something like ==schizafree== dairy, so that consumers got the message that big Ag wants to hide. This law is ridiculous and shows how most of Topeka is in the pocket of big biz. What about free speech? I suppose free speech only applies to those who can afford it--so it is hardly free. Next big Ag will write legislation to restrict all marketing by smaller businesses. I don't understand, why single out this one claim, except that as a marketing strategy it must be cutting in to their profits. If a claim is proven to be untrue--calories, fat content, there actually is something in there the company claims there is not, etc. then go after the producer (big or small) for fraud. Do not add an unnecessary (and purposefully prohibitively expensive) layer of red tape to free enterprise.

While (most of) our legislature wastes time doing the bidding of Big Biz, from additional dirty coal plants, to making it easier to force unwanted additives on unwitting consumers, the social safety net and education are being "shrunken to a size that can be drowned in a bathtub"--G. Norquist.

They are cutting just enough so that service agencies, school districts and Universities do not qualify for Federal matching money, claiming to do it in the name of fairness, while cutting taxes on hunting and fishing trips. In a short time, they can claim the federal stimulus did not work! Mission Accomplished!

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dweezil222 5 years ago

I understand that you have to protect consumers from false claims by producers, but this law seems more than a little asinine.

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seriouscat 5 years ago

This measure is a sad attempt to protect the milk suppliers who use growth hormones made by Monsanto that many consumers don't want.

It is anti-consumer and anti-free market, and is a good indication for me of which legislators in this state have no spine whatsoever. Pathetic.

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persevering_gal 5 years ago

You have got to be kidding me?!? We have people losing jobs and their homes and we are worried about our ice cream coming from certain cows?

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