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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Dean Milk Co. v. City of Madison, Wisc.
Citation:340 U.S. 349 (1951)
The City of Madison, Wisconsin, seeking to regulate the sale of milk and milk products within the municipality’s jurisdiction, enacted an ordinance that makes it unlawful to sell any milk as pasteurized unless it has been processed and bottled at an approved plant within a radius of five miles from the central square of Madison. The area defined by the ordinance include 500 farms which supply milk from Madison. The lower courts found that the ordinance promotes convenient, economical and efficient plant inspection. Appellant was denied a license to sell its products within Madison because its pasteurization plants were more than five miles away.
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