TOPEKA 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.