Pressured by New York officials, Connecticut formally has amended its milk law so that New York milk products can be sold in that state. Attorney Gen. Robert Abrams and Agriculture Commissioner Richard T. McGuire jointly announced that the long effort to remove the artificial market barriers to New York milk has succeeded.
Moreover, they indicated that while Massachusetts has not formally removed its barriers to out-of-state milk, New York milk sold through the Dairylea Inc. cooperative is being allowed into the Bay State. The actions derive from last year's federal court victory, based on restraint of trade arguments, that compelled New Jersey to open its markets to New York milk.
Dairylea had initiated the complaints, contending that its members' milk had been barred from Connecticut and Massachusetts until health officials from those states approved the supplying New York dairy farms. The original complaint dealt with Dairylea's inability to sell ultra-pasteurized milk processed at its former Oneida plant. Since Oct. 1 ultra-pasteurized milk has been allowed into Connecticut without prior farm inspections and, as of last Saturday, fluid milk from any farm of any state that has been certified by New York may be sold in Connecticut.
The formal Massachusetts action has been delayed because of personnel changes there, but McGuire said New York will continue to press Massachusetts officials to lift the milk trade barriers.