Milk Wholesaler Takes on Montana Over Sell-By Rule
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is being challenged in court by a milk wholesaler that doesn’t like the state’s new sell-by rules.
Lee Newspapers of Montana reports California-based Core-Mark International Inc. has asked the state District Court in Helena to strike down the Board of Livestock’s 12-day “sell-by” rule.
The board voted in May on the rule, the latest development in a long battle.
Core-Mark argues the 12-day rule has “no public health significance” and does nothing to protect consumers’ safety.
It contends processors are already rigorously testing their milk — and argues that Montana is virtually alone among states that require a specific “sell-by” date.
It wants the state to follow 2011 recommendations of a hearing officer, who recommended a repeal of the 12-day sell-by rule.
The Board of Livestock declined to comment.