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Groups want gov. to veto milk bill

April 10, 2009

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Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, and health, agriculture, animal protection and environmental groups nationwide have asked Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to veto a bill that would require a disclaimer on dairy products made by cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.

“We feel that HB 2121 puts unnecessary obstacles in the way of consumers getting the information they want, restricts free speech rights of dairies and processors, and interferes with the smooth functioning of free markets,” said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist for Consumers Union.

The legislation, approved last week, would require products that state they were not produced from cows treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rbGH, to have a disclaimer label.

The disclaimer must say: “The Food and Drug Administration has determined there are no significant differences between milk from cows that receive injections of the artificial hormone and milk from those that do not.”

Supporters of the bill say it is unfair for companies to imply there is a positive health effect from milk produced by cows not treated with artificial hormones.

But Heather Whitehead, True Food Network director at the Center for Food Safety, said the proposed legislation could deny Kansans the opportunity to make informed decisions about what they purchase.

“Kansas is taking a step in the wrong direction, as more than half of the 100 largest dairy processors in the country have gone partially or completely rbGH-free to satisfy consumer demand,” she said.

Comments

KLATTU 5 years, 8 months ago

It's almost like their goal is to waste time and money on silly things.

Who trusts the FDA anymore? I'm not going to trust my childrens' health to their advice. They've proven to be a toothless agency sucking at the teat of lobby money. They can't stop poison meat or vegetables from reaching our tables. It doesn't even appear that they try to fake it anymore.

The pro-hormone dairy producers might watch out what they wish for. Support from the FDA might backfire on them. Most folks have already made up their mind as to whether they care about rbGH or not. Calling more attention to it on every carton of milk is going to make more milk consumers do some thinking and research on their own.

To those who don't want the label: let them put it on. It will work in your favor in the long run.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

“The Food and Drug Administration has determined there are no significant differences between milk from cows that receive injections of the artificial hormone and milk from those that do not.”

If the legislators want to be fair about this, make all distributors put this label on their dairy products, and they can decide whether or not they disclose whether or not they use rGBH on their cows.

AjiDeGallina 5 years, 8 months ago

Many consumers want to know, clearly the milk industry does not respect their consumers.

introversion 5 years, 8 months ago

Corporate, industrial-scale food production is about making money, not about what consumers want. What consumers get is whatever product the large dairy company feels is most profitable to them.

Their problem is with the fact that dairies who rightfully choose to label their product as not having rBGH is not only taking up shelf space, but it's selling!

This argument is totally twisted and backwards. If these large dairy companies feel that labeling for rBGH free is making a false implication, then why don't they label their product as coming from cows subjected to rBGH if there's nothing to hide? They should be proud of every aspect of their product.

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