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Picture 17OK, so it’s been a while since margarine was made with whale oil….like 100 years ago.

But there’s still a law on the books that prohibits margarine manufacturers from using whale oil. And Rep. Tom Weatherston (R-Caledonia) created a bill, which passed in the state Assembly on Feb. 13, that took the law off the books. Why?

No there aren’t manufacturers in line wanting to use whale oil in your margarine. The bill acknowledges that whale oil just isn’t an issue anymore and it adopts the federal laws on the subject. So if the bill becomes law, it will remove the states laws on the issue of adulterated and misbranded food laws by replacing them with federal laws (businesses had to follow both sets of laws).

You may now go back to enjoying your whale-oil free margarine.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.