Ohio Company Suing Wisconsin Over 1953 'Butter Inspection' Law
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/21/2017
It appears that the frustrations over a six-decade old law that requires that all butter sold in Wisconsin be tested and graded by state-approved inspectors is beginning to spread. This week, the Ohio-based Minerva Dairy filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in
Madison challenging the statute.
Court records state that the century-old dairy feels that Wisconsin's ban on the sale of ungraded butter is 'unconstitutional' because it protects large Wisconsin-based dairies. Another pending lawsuit filed by the Irish-based Kerrygold Company attempts to allow
their products be sold in the state.
As Wisconsin Ag Connection reported earlier this month, Old World Creamery of Sheboygan said they found a loophole in the 1953 law by simply unpacking any foreign butter and having certified staff-inspectors look the product over before selling it
to the public.
As part of the current policy, anyone convicted of selling unlabeled or ungraded butter could face fines of up to $1,000 and spend six months in jail.