Butter: Some Technology and Chemistry

The history about the definition and standard for butter in the United States can be traced back to legislation Congress enacted in 1886. Many changes have occurred since that date, leading to the present statutory standard that Congress enacted into law on March 4, 1923:

General Butter Information

History of Butter

Although butter is viewed as a food by today's standards, it has been used for many things, from a cosmetic to a medicine. Historically, those who used butter were seen as wealthy and successful.
The first documented mention of butter making was in the sacred songs of the dwellers of Asiatic India, dating back to 1,500-2,000 years before Christ. The ancient Hebrews referred to butter in the Old Testament, and as a result, they have been credited as the first developers of the art of butter making.