rBST labeling

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.

http://www.stlr.org/2010/10/labeling-milk-from-cows-not-treated-with-rbst-legal-in-all-50-states-as-of-september-29th-2010/ 

I’m just glad I will no longer have to read a disclaimer over my morning oatmeal.

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