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Republican lawmakers propose changes to food labeling regulations


Nov 03, 2019

A group of Republican State Senators is pushing for changes in the way some food is labeled.

They want to ban labeling food as meat, milk or dairy if they don’t contain those products. One bill would ban labeling a beverage as milk unless it comes from cows, goats and certain other animals.

The push comes amid a similar national effort. Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin has backed federal legislation on the issue and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at a stop in Madison this month expressed sympathy for banning such terms.

Senate Bill 466 would ban labeling or selling a beverage as milk unless it came from cows, goats or certain other animals. The ban would take effect only if 10 of 15 states mentioned in the bill had approved similar bans by 2031.

Similarly, Senate Bill 463 would ban labeling or selling a product as cream, yogurt or cheese unless it included dairy.

Senate Bill 464 would ban labeling or selling a product as meat, bacon or similar term unless it included the flesh of an animal.

Check the full text of the documents (in English), click on the Links:

Senate Bill 466

Senate Bill 463

Senate Bill 464

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