Friday, January 18, 2008

Health Freedom Victory on rBGH Labeling in Pennsylvania!

Late breaking news from the Center for Food Safety,

"Victory on rBGH Labeling in Pennsylvania!

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has backed down from a controversial ban on the use of labels on milk products. The agency had issued new rules in October, set to go into effect February 1st that would have barred dairy companies or milk producers from labeling their products as from cows not treated with rBGH. PDA argued that a misleading impression might be conveyed by identifying milk as coming from cows not treated with synthetic hormones. Pennsylvania would have been the first state to implement such a labeling ban."

A victory for health, freedom and truthful labeling! Health Freedom advocates strongly support the right of all producers to include truthful information on their labels, even when those in authority think the information is not relevant.

This is in keeping with the leading Supreme Court Commercial Speech Case of Thompson v Western States Medical Centers, where then Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote for the majority:

"If the First Amendment means anything, it means that regulating speech must be a last - not first - resort."

"We have previously rejected the notion that the Government has an interest in preventing the dissemination of truthful commercial information in order to prevent members of the public from making bad decisions with the information."

"Even if the Government did argue that it had an interest in preventing misleading advertisements, this interest could be satisfied by the far less restrictive alternative of requiring... a warning..."

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