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Vermont Governor Says He’ll Sign Milk Labeling Bill

March 24, 1994

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ Gov. Howard Dean says he will sign into law a bill requiring the labeling of all milk products coming from cows treated with a hormone to enhance milk production.

Vermont will become the first state to mandate labels for recombinant bovine growth hormone, which was recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use by the dairy industry.

The FDA, the American Medical Association and the American Dietetic Association have all said milk from BGH-treated cattle is safe.

The state House on Wednesday approved a Senate bill requiring all dairy farmers using the chemical to notify their handlers. In addition, all milk and milk products sold in Vermont that contain the hormone must be labeled.

Rep. Perry Waite, a Pawlet dairy farmer, said with milk products coming into Vermont from other states, the bill would be unenforceable. ″Vermont is not an island,″ he said.

Lee Light of the farm advocacy group Rural Vermont said the labeling requirement ″helps preserve the image of milk as a pure and healthy product.″

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