Kansas Mulls Rules on 'No Hormone' Label for Milk

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas regulators are considering tighter
rules for labeling dairy products that come from cows not injected
with artificial growth hormones.
Recombinant bovine growth hormone typically raises cows' milk
production by 5 to 15 percent.
The dairy industry argues it's misleading to label products as
``hormone-free.'' The industry pushed this year for legislation
making it unlawful to label any farm product with a claim that
cannot be confirmed by a laboratory.
But opponents of stricter labeling say the restriction would
makes it harder for smaller manufacturers who don't usethe
artificial hormone to market their dairy products.
A public hearing is planned for Dec. 2 in Topeka. The Kansas
Agriculture Department is also taking written comments on the
proposal.

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