HARRISBURG – Legislation to help bolster PA’s dairy industry has been reintroduced. Currently, state regulations require milk to be labeled for sale within 17 days of pasteurization. The proposal would allow milk processors to use a “best by” or “sell by” date beyond the current 17-day regulatory limit. The bill’s prime sponsor, Beaver County Sen. Elder Vogel said the current Department of Agriculture 17 day milk code mandate creates a competitive disadvantage. His bill would extend the shelf life and allow milk to travel further distances to market. Only two other states have fixed code dates for milk in their regulations. The measure would allow milk processors to apply for Agriculture Department approval to exceed the 17 day limitation by moving to a science-based, open code format. The bill also establishes testing requirements and standards that milk processors will have to meet.

SEN. ELDER VOGEL