It annoys me to see that disclaimer on milk from cows who arent stuffed with growth hormones that says “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST-treated cows.”
I always thought it was just a terrible case of Monsanto whining to a regulator about ‘an unfair playing field’ by enabling non-rBST milk to be labeled as such, thus creating an impression in consumers’ minds that rBST-treated milk was in some way inferior.
Turns out that was pretty much right. And it turns out, after several years of actual study (rather than a peremptory study by the FDA in the first place), there is a material difference in milks produced by rBST and non-rBST treated cows. Oops.
I’m just glad I will no longer have to read a disclaimer over my morning oatmeal.