Proposed Bill Could ban Companies from Labeling Milk

US - A proposed bill in Topeka would stop dairy companies from labeling milk from cows that are given certain hormones.
calendar icon 19 February 2008
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RBST is a growth hormone given to cattle to help them produce more milk. Several countries ban its use, but the FDA supports the safety of it.

At places like Braums Ice Cream stores, dairy goods have labels showing the milk is hormone-free. At Chipotle restaurants, consumers can see signs boasting similar claims.

"We think it's the responsive thing to do. It's better for them, better for our customers, it's better for the animals, and better for the food system,” said a Chipotle spokesperson.

But a bill being debated in the Kansas Senate might change that. The proposed legislation says it would be illegal to label any agricultural product that compares its quality with other products in a “misleading” way.

Carrol Campbell’s Cowley County dairy farm has been in his family since 1935.

“When I go to the dairy case and I see my product right next to a big splash it indicates somehow that my product is inferior, quite frankly I'm offended,” said Campbell.

Campbell’s been using RBST for years saying it supplements natural hormones in the cow leading to a gallon more of milk each day.

Source: KSN-TV
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