What’s The Definition Milk? Our State Legislature Wants To Make Some Changes
Introduced by North Dakota's youngest member of the legislature Representative Dawson Holle, HB 1255 looks to broaden the definition of Milk in the North Dakota Century Code.
Currently milk as defined in the state century code means the lacteal secretion of a cow, including when the secretion is raw, cooled, pasteurized, standardized, homogenized, recombined, or concentrated, provided the secretion meets applicable grade A requirements.
The definition in itself seems perfectly normal and quite technical at first glance. However, Holle's bill seeks to broaden the definition to also include cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats, yaks, deer, reindeer, moose, horses, and donkeys. All of which fall under the order Artiodactyla.
The new language of the bill places the new origins in milk as Cetartiodactyla, which is a relatively new combination, taxonomically speaking of Cetaceans and Artiodactyla.
The new definition of milk would mean the lacteal secretion, practically free of colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of a healthy hooved mammal. , including any member of the order Cetartiodactyla and including a member of the family: a. Bovidae, including cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats, and yaks; b. Cervidae, including deer, reindeer, and moose; and c. Equidae, including horses and donkeys
The language of the bill does not limit the milk to the animals listed, so if anyone is adventurous enough to find out how your Frosted Flakes taste with Tapir or Hippopotamus, let us know.