New label on Blue & Gold Sausage draws reaction from schools

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A popular meat company is backing a controversial measure.

You are probably familiar with Blue & Gold Sausage.

Students across Oklahoma sell it to raise money.

One school says if the package is wrapped in a new label its kids will have to find a different fundraising product.

Mouths water when people talk about Blue & Gold Sausage.

"It's made right here in Jones, Oklahoma. It's delicious. It's one of the best sausages you'll ever eat," Dan Mercer said.

"It's delicious. Their sausage is good. Their chicken is better and their bacon is amazing," Jimikay Gray said.

It is popular among FFA students who sell the meat to keep their organization going.

"Our business is very seasonal. So, we work with different fundraising groups of all sorts, but the greatest percentage of our customer groups, our cooperating groups are in the school systems," Brett Ramsey, co-owner of Blue & Gold said.

Ramsey said during the Spring a test trial was done.

The company made a small change to their label.

They replaced the pig with an emblem telling customers to vote yes on State Question 777, Oklahoma’s right to farm measure.

"I think it's our right to promote our industry," Ramsey said. "We see 777 as a measure that protects our animal production unit.”

If the sausage has the label Muskogee’s school district said kids will not be selling it.

“As a district we advocate for people to exercise their right to vote, but we do not tell voters how to vote. This includes our students who may be selling products under the aegis of Muskogee Public Schools. We did consult our attorney about it, because it will have an impact our students as a popular fundraiser that generates a lot of support for student activities,” Melony Cary, with Muskogee Public Schools, said in a statement.

"Our message back to that is we, at no point ever have an intention of putting our districts, our public school districts in a precarious situation," Ramsey said.

Ramsey said when production starts back up the company will yield to the feelings of individual school districts and wrap the sausage in its original packaging if requested.

Out of curiosity, News Channel 4 asked people who live in Jones if the new label would stop them from buying.

"It doesn't change the taste of the sausage," Susan Mercer said. "What is on a label won't affect what happens when I'm in the voting booth.”

"We were built around farmers. I have no problem with the label at all," Gray said.

Owners of Blue & Gold said they are not certain if they will make more of the new labels.

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