Penn Label Ban Update
By Consumers Union on Thursday, November 29th, 2007
More than 65 dairy farmers, consumer, farm and agricultural, public health, animal protection and environmental organizations, food processors and retailers today wrote to Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell to protest the recent Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) action which would prohibit state farmers from telling consumers that they aren’t using artificial hormones on their dairy cows. A copy of the letter can be found here:
The labels most consumers have seen in stores were approved by FDA and represent the only way a producer who does not use artifical hormones can effectively communicate with consumers who do not want to consume dairy products made with artificial hormones.
If the Pennsylvania ruling is upheld and catches on, it will be a bad precedent for future labels relating to antibiotic use or cloning. Producers should have the right to tell the truth and consumers have the right to know.