All cow’s milk, both regular and organic, naturally contains minuscule amounts of hormones. However, it’s important to understand that carton to carton, bottle to bottle, all milk is wholesome, safe and nutritious.
Are there hormones added to my milk?
No. Hormones are naturally present in many foods of plant and animal origin, including milk. Some farmers choose to supplement their cows with rbST, an FDA-approved synthetic hormone, to help with milk production. Science shows that it is safe for cows and has no effect on humans or the hormone levels in the milk itself.
What is rbST or BGH?
Bovine somatotropin (bST) is a hormone that occurs naturally in all cows, and its physiological function is to help direct milk production. Through biotechnology, scientists have created a synthesized copy of bST — which some dairy farmers choose to use as a milk production management tool on some cows.
Is rbST safe for my family?
Yes. Since rbST was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in the early 1990s, its safety has been affirmed and reaffirmed by the scientific community. Scientists tell us that rbST is species-specific, meaning that it is biologically inactive in humans. Also, pasteurization destroys 90 percent of rbST in milk. Numerous scientific studies have shown there is no significant difference between milk from rbST-supplemented and non-rbST-supplemented cows. That’s why the FDA has established that dairy products from cows treated with rbST do not need to be labeled.