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ACT NO. 154


rbST Labeling

This act authorizes the voluntary labeling of milk and certain milk products as derived from cows not treated with recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST), and establishes a process for state verification of such rbST-free claims. The latter process consists of provisions for:

- Filing claims by affidavit of non-rbST use by dairy farmers.

- Procedures by milk processors for segregating rbST-free milk.

- Permitted content of rbST-free labels and advertising.

- State inspection of farms and milk processing plants concerned.

- State investigation of suspected false rbST-free claims, including reliance in doing so on

the assistance of rbST suppliers, who are required for this purpose to register with the


- Enforcement, including penalties for false claims.

- The rbST-free labeling of milk and milk products from other states or countries.

The act also elaborates the "substantial state interest" in adopting a state law governing voluntary rbST-free labeling and its verification, in a manner consistent with federal law and rulings of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Effective Date: April 29, 1998, except that specific labeling requirements take effect July 1, 1998.