Court OK’s Hormone-Free Label on Dairy Products in Ohio

A federal court has struck down Ohio’s law banning labels on dairy products that say they’re made with milk that’s free of hormones. As reported on NPR.org, that means companies that want to say their products are "rbGH free" and "rbST free" and "artificial hormone free" are now free to do so.

“But the bigger deal might be that the ruling challenges the FDA's 17-year-old finding that there's "no significant difference" between the milk of cows given growth hormone and those that aren't,” NPR said. “Just that sort of distinction, or lack of it actually, is part of the ongoing debate about how to label genetically engineered salmon.”

The Court of Appeals also listed the reasons why there is a difference between milk from cows given growth hormones and those that don’t get hormones – and one was that there is more pus in the hormone-treated cows’ milk than in hormone-free.

Other states have already given permission for special labels on milk, but NPR.org speculated that if the FDA approves genetically modified salmon (GM), consumer groups may use the court’s ruling to label non-genetically engineered salmon.

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