Milk Labeling Requirement Dropped

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Ohio milk produced without the use of a synthetic growth hormone no longer needs to carry a disclaimeralong with the label advertising its absence.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture on Monday agreed to withdraw a 2008 dairy-labeling rule if opponents drop a claim seeking $1.3 million in legal fees garnered from a multi-year court battle.

The rule required that milk boasting to be free of the synthetic bovine growth hormone rBST print a disclaimer on the container stating that the Food and Drug Administration says there's no significant difference between milk produced by cows given the hormone and cows that aren't.

Opponents had said the rule made it costly to produce labels and market the milk.