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State stops sale of cheap milk
Advocate [Baton Rouge], by Michelle Millhollon

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 1/28/2013 12:56:28 PM

For Lafayette stockbroker Kenneth Daigle, buying a gallon of milk is no longer the bargain it used to be on Tuesdays at Fresh Market. The upscale supermarket chain yanked milk from its $2.99 once-a-week promotion after a state auditor objected to the low price. A gallon of whole milk was priced at $5.69 Thursday at the Fresh Market in Perkins Rowe. State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said Fresh Market violated state regulations by selling milk below cost as part of a promotion.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/28/2013 12:59:14 PM     (No. 9144360)

Hand out 3.00 off any purchase coupons on Tuesdays..problem solved.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Persecutor2, 1/28/2013 1:30:01 PM     (No. 9144426)

Sounds like a bigger problem than that--where does the gov´t get off telling a merchant what he can sell his wares for?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: AltaD, 1/28/2013 1:30:35 PM     (No. 9144429)

I´m stunned by these prices. How can a gallon of milk cost more than double in LA than in IL?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 1/28/2013 1:40:47 PM     (No. 9144453)

I can remember growing up on the farm when I was a kid. We traded eggs for milk with our neighbor. Soon, we will be back to bartering for goods, until the Gov tries to outlaw it of course...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Brittany, 1/28/2013 1:57:48 PM     (No. 9144503)

Found this fascinating since my state, PA, has exactly the opposite. I can walk into any convenience store and get milk for the same price as at the supermarket. (On the other hand, supermarkets can sell milk for less than the capped price and recently have done so. Maybe the law has been changed and I am ignorant of that.) It has something to do with the protection of our big dairy industry but not logical to me unless neighboring states would charge more for milk that they exported to PA than the cap if allowed.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: CEP, 1/28/2013 1:57:51 PM     (No. 9144504)

This is beyond what the government can do, what does Bobby Jindal have to say about this?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 1/28/2013 1:59:46 PM     (No. 9144509)

Big Brother is watching you...

I certainly hope that Governor Jindal is aware of this and takes action. He tends to be a very consistant conservative, and this afront to free market capatism sounds far more like something coming from the Øvomit administration than from the state level of government...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: philly_patriot, 1/28/2013 2:04:53 PM     (No. 9144520)

Pennsylvania´s Milk Marketing Board regulates the sale of milk here in the state.

A few years ago they went after Pa. milk producers who put ´not made from cows treated with BHT hormone´ on labels.

The MMB [at the behest of BHT using dairies] said that this would give those putting this disclaimer on their packaging an UNFAIR advantage over milk producers who DID used BHT hormone .......... even though the state and FDA said that consumption of milk from BHT cows was ´safe´ to drink.

As far as I know NONE of the milk now sold a local markets comes from BHT using dairies. ............... no one here would but it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: joew9, 1/28/2013 2:24:09 PM     (No. 9144581)

It cost $3 just to walk near a Fresh Market. They are by far the most expensive store I´ve ever been to. I go only for the unusual items they have. But the local Kroger is starting to put a challenge in that category without the premium pricing.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/28/2013 4:23:35 PM     (No. 9144819)

$5.69 for a gallon of milk???? What is it packed in, gold cartons??? GEEZ! We can still get a gallon of milk here for under $4--which I still think is ridiculously high. Why is the price of milk so high anyway? Is it all the government intervention? No opportunity for competition? Sickening...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: canuckchopper, 1/28/2013 4:52:03 PM     (No. 9144895)

Come to Canada to see the awesome things a Milk Marketing Board can do for free trade (not).
There´s a good reason for the brisk cross-border trade in milk (and cheese) being purchased in the USA by Canadians who live close enough to the border to do it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/28/2013 5:40:11 PM     (No. 9144998)

It doesn´t matter. There are enough people with milk allergies or lactose intolerance that the nanny state will eventually get around to banning it altogether. A group of leftie doctors has already asked the USDA to ban milk from schools -- not just full-fat or chocolate milk, but all milk.

http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/07242012-should-milk-be-banned-from-school-lunches/


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Reply 13 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 1/28/2013 5:59:47 PM     (No. 9145031)

All part of PETA´s agenda.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 1/28/2013 8:05:20 PM     (No. 9145209)

This problem existed in Louisiana a few decades ago. A popular local supermarket owner, John Schwegmann, successfully fought against milk price-fixing. He had prior experience--in 1948 he fought against price-fixing on liquor, and won.

Back to milk--it took John eight years but he won the case against milk price-fixing in the early 1970s.

It seems that those who don´t believe in free competition, as John did, have gone back to their old unfair trade practices.

(I came to know then-Senator Schwegmann through work in animal welfare. He was a kind man as well as a great businessman. I showed him around a notorious parish dog pound--he had no idea of its deplorable condition, was overcome and tears rolled down his cheeks. Thereafter he helped us pressure the parish to build a new facility with humane staff. John owned several well-loved dogs found abandoned in his supermarket parking lots.)

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