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Republican lawmakers push for food labeling changes

MADISON (WKOW) — A group of Republican State Senators is pushing for changes in the way some food is labeled.

A State Senate committee held a hearing on Thursday on the proposals that bill sponsors argue is needed to protect the state’s agriculture and dairy industries.

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.

“90% of Wisconsin milk goes into cheese,” said Republican Sen. Howard Marklein of Spring Green. It is concerning on many levels that many consumers that doesn’t know the difference between which products contain milk and which do not.”

Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has pursued similar legislation at the federal level.

Kevin Millard

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