Wisconsin lawmakers seek to overturn state’s margarine ban

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A dozen Wisconsin legislators think the “dairy state” may be taking things too far when it comes to protecting dairy from competing products. Or at the very least it’s time to update legislation with roots in the 1800s that restricted and regulated margarine sales in favor of butter.

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel the lawmakers are co-sponsoring a bill to repeal the law that makes it a crime for restaurants, prisons and schools to substitute margarine for butter unless a customer requests it.

Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) calls the bill prohibiting margarine substitution for butter "silly, antiquated and anti-free market." (See the bill.)

At issue is the notion that the state can save taxpayer dollars by substituting less expensive margarine for butter in meals served by state-run institutions like prisons.

The butter battle has a long and colorful history. And it seems as though it’s time for another chapter to be written.

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Sharon S.    
NY  |  September, 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

If you want to live someplace where you know local people and state government care and understand dairy farming then WI is the place to be. We milked cows there for almost five years (Doyle was governor) and there is nothing about that state that needs to change. In WI they always have your back. To bad to ever see that end. :/

WI  |  September, 24, 2011 at 02:30 PM

It's an old law, mostly ignored and unknown, and pretty much self regulated by restaurants that care. Hurting no one. Seems like there isn't enough for the politicians to do.

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