BST labeling law survives

Container size is not the only issue over which dairies must grapple between state and federal regulations. In the ongoing BST label law battle in Vermont, both a federal judge and the Court of Appeals rejected an industry motion for an injunction, pending appeal of the law.

That means processors and retailers now must comply with that state's new mandatory BST labeling law, though the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) vows to fight on. The Appeals Court said it would expedite its consideration of the industry appeal. "When the [state] government imposes a label on a consumer product, it implies that a health or safety issue is connected with that product," said Carole Throssell, GMA Manager, State Affairs. "A Vermont-specific label would imply a conclusion by the state which has not been reached by any federal regulatory body. This implication could lead to rejection of what we know is a safe, nutritious product."

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