COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio milk produced without the use of a synthetic growth hormone no longer needs to carry a disclaimer along with the label advertising its absence.

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to withdraw a 2008 dairy labeling rule.

The rule required that milk boasting to be free of the synthetic bovine growth hormone rBST print a disclaimer on the container stating that the Food and Drug Administration says there's no significant difference between milk produced by cows given the hormone and cows that aren't.

Opponents had said that the rule made it costly to produce labels and market the milk.

A call to an Agriculture Department spokesman was not immediately returned.

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