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Lawmakers Ban Kerrygold in Wisconsin

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By Jessica Chia For Dailymail.com

Fans of Kerrygold butter in Wisconsin have been traveling across state lines to stock up on the precious sticks of butter due to a decades-old ban.

A state law instituted in 1970 prohibits anything other than Grade A milk products from being distributed in Wisconsin.

Because Kerrygold is made from grass-fed cow's milk in Ireland, it isn't graded by the USDA - leaving loyal fans in Wisconsin out in the cold.
A law prohibits anything other than Grade A milk products from being distributed in Wisconsin. And since Kerrygold is produced in Ireland, it doesn't have a USDA grade

A law prohibits anything other than Grade A milk products from being distributed in Wisconsin. And since Kerrygold is produced in Ireland, it doesn't have a USDA grade

Jean Smith, who lives in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, relies on Kerrygold butter every morning.

She adds a dollop to her 'bulletproof' tea, and mixes it in her husband's coffee as the practice purports to increase cognitive function and encourage weight loss.

Smith, who argues Kerrygold tastes richer than other butter, drives to Nebraska with coolers in her car so she can stock up on several month's worth of the stuff at a time.
She told WTMJ: 'I want to please ask whoever it is that's preventing me from getting butter in our stores here to stop it, to stop it.'

While Kerrygold takes the number one spot among imported butter brand in the US, it's banned in Wisconsin, where dairy distributors could face fines of $1,000 or more, and spend up to six months in jail if they violate the law.

Kerrygold's parent company Ornua told the Irish Farmers Journal that while its grading system is a 'little bit different from the process here, the standards are universally very high.'
Kerrygold enthusiasts mourned the ban. Jean Smith, who lives in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha said she stocks up on the butter when she drives to Nebraska

Kerrygold enthusiasts mourned the ban. Jean Smith, who lives in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha said she stocks up on the butter when she drives to Nebraska

The company was unaware that sales of Kerrygold was illegal in Wisconsin until the state began contacting distributors.

Consumers started complaining about the difficulty of getting their hands on the butter, and Kerrygold mentioned the ban in a 2015 tweet.

A crackdown has been enforced, although fans like Smith might not have to haul cartons of Kerrygold in their cars for much longer.

Ornua issued a statement that said: 'We are currently working with the Wisconsin authorities on a solution which will enable consumers throughout the state enjoy the great taste of Kerrygold butter.'

 

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