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Does a dairy product that labels itself organic mean it's rBST free?

By August 24, 2008 - 7:52am
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Does a dairy product that labels itself organic mean it's rBST free? I assumed all organic products were rBST free, but have also seen different organic milk labels say 'Does Not Contain rBST'? Does that mean some organic products contain rBST while others don't?

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what about milk that is labeled "cows not treated with rbST or rbst-free", but not labeled Organic. Are these suppliers avoiding the expense of becoming organic to keep lower prices? Or is there something else I'm not informed of?
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October 12, 2008 - 8:11pm
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In order to qualify for the organic label, organic farmers are prohibited from using synthetic growth hormones such as recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rbST or rgBH) on their livestock. Thus, all milk that is marketed as organic cannot have been produced using synthetic hormones.

August 25, 2008 - 7:13am

I went running to my fridge after reading this to double-check that our organic milk was ok. Luckily, it was. Whew!

August 24, 2008 - 8:57pm
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That is correct. Some products have rBST while others are labeled as not having it. If you are interested in organic foods that do not have rBST, most are labeled as such.

Hope this helps.

August 24, 2008 - 10:22am
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