Maine supports dairy's right to label milk rBST-Free

September 12, 2003: The State of Maine, through Attorney General Steven Rowe, has officially supported Oakhurst Dairy in a lawsuit brought by Monsanto Company over the dairy's marketing of milk produced without artificial growth hormones (Portland Press Herald, August 28, http://www.pressherald.com).

Rowe filed a motion arguing that the case could damage or halt Maine's 'Quality Trademark' program, which certifies Oakhurst and other dairies that do not give artificial hormones to their cows. As well as bearing the 'Quality Trademark' seal, milk sold by Oakhurst contains labels that read "Our Farmers' Pledge: No Artificial Growth Hormones."

Monsanto makes rBST or Posilac, a genetically engineered growth hormone that boosts milk output by up to 15 percent (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Aug. 10, http://www.stltoday.com). Monsanto claims that Oakhurst's pledge slogan strays from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's guidance on rBST-labeling, and dupes consumers into thinking that milk from non-rBST-treated cows is healthier.


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