Got artificial-hormone milk? Kansas sure does

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Ever since recombinant bovine-growth hormone was approved by the FDA, there’s been so much backlash that the nation’s top retail stores — Wal-Mart, Costco, Kroger’s, Safeway — refuse to carry milk from cows on rBGH.

The public has spoken — people don’t like the idea of steroid cows — and normally the public gets its way.

Just not in Kansas. Last Friday, the Kansas House approved bill 2295 (PDF) which includes the following:

Each milk, milk product or dairy product label that has a statement regarding the composition of milk with respect to hormones, including ”No Hormone,” ”Hormone Free,” ”rBST Free,” ”rBGH Free,” and ”BST Free,” shall be deemed false and misleading.

Instead of simply being able to say a product is “hormone free,” its label must state specifically which hormones a product does not have — for example, “this milk is from cows not supplemented with rBSTAs.” And after each statement the following must be included: “The FDA has determined that no significant difference has been shown

between milk derived from rBST-supplemented and non-rBST-supplemented

cows.”

Kansas lawmakers and rBGH’s producer, Monsanto, don’t want to make consumers afraid of milk they believe is safe. But farmers who never use rBGH and simply want their customers to know that are now on the defensive.

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