Proposed US Hormone Growth-Milk Law Slammed

US - A new bill on milk labelling standards up for consideration in the Indiana House of Representatives has come under criticism this week by some organisations and producers, which claim it would prevent informed consumer choice if passed.
calendar icon 5 February 2008
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House Bill 1300, authored by Representative Bill Friend, could prevent some labels on milk sold in the state from using claims that a product is free from growth hormones like Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH).

The bill has been put forward in a bid to prevent mislabelling on milk products, and proposes outlawing any claims that are not supported by laboratory analysis. This would amend the current rules, which allow the use of sworn statements, affidavits, or testimonials.

However, a number of organisations have expressed concern over the proposals, expected to come into place on 1 July, which they say if passed, would make it the only US state to not allow the voluntary labelling on their packaging.

RBGH, also referred to as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), is a synthetic variant of the naturally occurring hormone in the pituitary gland of cattle, which can be injected into a cow to increase milk production.

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