Producers Disagree Over Proposed Changes in Milk Labeling

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Proposed changes in milk labels have producers at odds over whether they are needed.

The issue arose earlier this year, when legislators were considering a bill to prohibit producers from putting labels on milk saying it's free of artificial hormones. That means that the milk did not come from cows that were injected with rGBH, a growth hormone that increases milk production.

Some producers want to say their milk contains no rGBH. Others see no need for it, saying the hormone occurs naturally.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is trying to find a middle ground. Hearings are next week.

The issue is part of a national push to restrict hormone-free labeling by American Farmers for the Advancement and Conservation of Technology.


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