As a consumer concerned with my right to know what is in my food, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and Governor Strickland should keep the current milk labeling standards we have in place, and not take away consumers' right to know whether or not their milk has been produced with artificial growth hormones, or rBGH.
The artificial growth hormone rBGH is a genetically engineered growth hormone, which is injected into a cow to increase milk production. The use of rBGH has been banned in Canada, all 27 countries of the European Union, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
Because of human and animal health concerns, consumers nationally have demanded rBGH-free dairy products. Many retailers have listened to this demand, and Starbucks, Chipotle, Kroger, Ben & Jerry's and most recently Kraft have all decided to eliminate rBGH from some or all of their products.
Gov. Strickland needs to do the right thing and protect consumers' right to know what's in their milk and dairies right to tell them. Keep rBGH-Free labeling in Ohio, and let consumers decide for themselves.