The state of Wisconsin has halted sales of Kerrygold grass fed butter. A 1970’s law, that has been consistently overlooked for years, is now being enforced by the State’s court.
High fat diets have surfaced on the mainstream market. Paleo, primal blueprint and ketogenic diets contain large amounts of “healthy fats” within their meal plan. Grass fed butter fills this roll, resulting in increased demand.
Grass fed butter is quite common in Europe. The European Union (EU) enforces stricter regulations than the US on all food processing standards. These regulations include bans on GMO foods, bans on specific pesticides, and bans on hormones/antibiotics in meat and dairy products. Irish Kerrygold products are already living up to these higher EU standards. The question comes to mind:
“What more do Wisconsin lawmakers want?”
In the 1970’s, the state of Wisconsin enacted a law stating that all butter meant for commercial consumption within the state must undergo rigorous quality assessment. The assessment consists of a 32-point inspection. It also includes guidelines that are several pages long. The butter must go before a panel of experts to grade the product. Since Kerrygold is produced in Ireland, this makes such an assessment quite challenging and costly.
This law has gone unnoticed for years. Until now. It resurfaced when demand for grass fed butter went up. It makes one wonder:
“Does this law protect the dairy farmer or the consumer?”
The state of Wisconsin has a deep rooted butter industry. Dairy farmers have long standing relationships with state legislators and lobbyists. This fact makes us question if this is yet another example of special interests. Kerrygold already adheres to EU standards. It is also currently the best selling imported brand of butter in the US. One could certainly understand that Wisconsin dairy farmers aren’t too thrilled about this new competition.
As for now, Kerrygold must comply with state law before it resumes sales. It may take the company years to make the necessary changes.
In the meantime, retailers face $1000 fine and six months in jail for selling Kerrygold butter. As a result, people are traveling over the state line to purchase the butter. They are stock piling freezers and buying more expensive substitutes to get their healthy fat fix. Only time will tell if the archaic 1970’s law will stand.
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