By Tristan 

Livestock board keeps milk freshness rule


HELENA (AP) — The Montana Board of Livestock voted unanimously to continue its requirement that milk sold in Montana be marked with a "sell-by" date no more than 12 days after it was pasteurized, executive secretary Christian McKay said.

The board's decision Wednesday went against a hearing examiner's finding last October that there was no health reason for the 12-day "sell-by" date. A 21-day "use-by" date is common in other states.

Attorney John Sullivan of Helena said the 12-day rule results in the "waste and destruction of perfectly good milk" and he recommended that milk processors...

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