Gillibrand pushes legislation to help dairy industry, protect consumers

WASHINGTON, DC – New York’s freshman senator is pushing two pieces of legislation which she believes will not only provide a boost for the state’s struggling dairy farmers, but also protect American consumers from lower quality dairy imports.

“We must do more to protect consumers and provide a competitive edge to New York dairy farmers,” Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) explained in a conference call last week, where she announced her support for a bill designed to extend Country of Origin Labeling legislation to include dairy products.

The legislation – which was introduced in October by Senators Al Franken (D-Minn), Russ Feingold (D-Wis) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – would require country of origin labeling on all dairy products, consistent with what is already required for nuts, fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood.

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