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Sebelius vetoes milk labeling bill, protects consumers


On April 24, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter made the following statement.

"Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius made a strong stand for consumers yesterday (April 23) by vetoing a milk labeling bill that would have taken away consumers' right to know how their milk is produced. Had the governor not vetoed the bill, dairy farmers who do not use recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) would have had trouble labeling their milk as such.

"Consumer groups, small dairy producers and retailers overwhelmingly opposed this proposed legislation. As the nominee to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Governor Sebelius leaves a legacy of support for the public interest in Kansas with this veto, which marks the third failure of this proposal in the state. We encourage the Kansas State Legislature to follow the governor's lead in protecting consumers and farmers by upholding the veto."

Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer organization based in Washington, D.C., works to ensure clean water and safe food in the United States and around the world. We challenge the corporate control and abuse of our food and water resources by empowering people to take action and transforming the public consciousness about what we eat and drink. For more information, visit www.foodandwaterwatch.org.

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