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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 17. Food and Drugs
- Chapter 20. Alaska Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
- Section 13. Hormone Labeling For Milk Products.
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AS 17.20.013. Hormone Labeling For Milk Products.
- (a) Products offered for wholesale or retail sale in this state that contain milk, cream, or any product or byproduct of
milk or cream and that have been processed and handled under the requirements of this section may be labeled "Milk in
this product is from cows not treated with rBGH" or "Milk in this product is from cows not treated with rBST." Labeling
of milk products under this section may also include an indication that the milk used is "farmer certified rBGH-free"
or "farmer certified rBST-free." If a milk product label contains the rBGH or rBST language allowed under this
subsection, the label must also state "No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST treated
and non-rBST treated cows." Milk products offered for wholesale or retail sale in this state are not required to
contain any further label information related to the use of rBGH or rBST in milk products.
- (b) The labeling described in (a) of this section may appear on the principal display panel of a packaged milk product,
may be conspicuously attached to the container of a bulk product, or may appear in an advertisement for a milk product,
including media advertising or displays or placards posted in retail stores. In this subsection,
- (1) "advertisement" means the representations disseminated in any manner or by any means, other than by labeling, for the
purpose of inducing, or that are likely to induce, directly or indirectly, the purchase of the milk product;
- (2) "principal display panel" means that part of a label that is most likely to be displayed, presented, shown, or
examined under normal and customary conditions of display for sale.
- (c) A dairy plant that purchases milk or cream to be used in milk products labeled under (a) of this section shall require
an affidavit from producers supplying the milk. The producer or authorized representative of the producer shall sign
the affidavit, and the affidavit must state that all cows used in the producer's dairy operations have not and will not
be treated with rBGH without advance written notice to the dairy plant of at least 30 days.
- (d) The affidavit required under (c) of this section must contain
- (1) the name and address of the producer;
- (2) the grade A milk permit number of the producer;
- (3) the name of the producer's farm and its address if different from the address of the producer;
- (4) the telephone number of the producer;
- (5) the name of the dairy plant receiving the milk; and
- (6) a statement in substantially the following form:
State of Alaska )
________ Judicial District )
I, ________________________, as the owner or permit holder responsible
for the dairy farm operation identified above, hereby certify as
(A) that no animals on the above farm are currently being treated
with recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), also known as recombinant
bovine growth hormone (rBGH)
(B) that no animals on the above farm have received rBST treatments
within the past 30 days
(C) that I will provide written notice to the buyer of my milk at
least thirty (30) days in advance if I intend to use rBST on my dairy
(D) that I will not sell milk from animals added to my herd if
those animals may have received rBST treatment within the previous 30
I declare, under oath, that the above statement is true and correct to
the best of my knowledge.
Producer Signature ________________________
Subscribed and sworn to or affirmed before me at _________ on ______ .
My Commission Expires ________
(e) A dairy plant shall keep the original affidavit provided under (c) of this section on file for a period of not less
than two years. The affidavit and corresponding records shall be made available for inspection by the commissioner. If
the milk product is to be labeled under (a) of this section, dairy plants supplying milk or cream to a processor or to
a manufacturer of a milk product for use in the milk product shall supply the processor or manufacturer with a
certificate stating that the producers of the supplied milk or cream have executed and delivered the affidavits as
required by (c) of this section.
(f) All milk or cream from non-rBGH-treated cows used in the manufacturing or processing of milk products labeled under
(a) of this section, and milk or cream supplied by a producer using an affidavit under (c) of this section, shall be
kept completely separate from any other milk or cream throughout all stages of storage, transportation, and processing
until the resulting milk products are in final packaged form in a properly labeled container. The dairy plant and the
processor or manufacturer at each stage shall keep records of the separation and make them available to the
commissioner for inspection.
(g) In this section,
- (1) "milk product" means any product that contains milk, cream, or any product or byproduct of milk or cream;
- (2) "recombinant bovine growth hormone" or "rBGH" means a growth hormone that is intended for use in bovine animals and
that has been produced through recombinant DNA techniques described as "recombinant bovine somatotropin" or "rBST."
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