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January 5, 2011

Food & You & Dairy: RBGH-Free Milk in Emory Healthcare Cafeterias

Currently, all milk and yogurt sold in Emory Healthcare cafeterias is free of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone.

What is recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone?
This hormone, also known as rBGH or rBST1, is a synthetic hormone given to dairy cows to increase their milk production.

Why is rBGH-free milk a good choice?
Dairy cows injected with rBGH suffer increased occurrences of udder infections and other health issues. When this happens, farmers have to increase their use of therapeutic antibiotics. Antibiotic use in food animals contributes to human antibiotic resistance. Therefore, when you choose rBGH-free dairy products, you are supporting healthier agriculture practices for both animals and humans.

Furthermore, making the choice to buy rBGH-free milk is supported by the American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association.

What can you look for at the grocery store if you would like to select rBGH-free milk?
It is now easier than ever to make the switch to rBGH-free dairy. For one, due to organic regulations, all dairy products that are certified organic are produced without artificial hormones. Additionally, in 2009, Cabot Cheese, Dannon and Yoplait stopped sourcing milk produced with rBGH. Many national grocery store chains have also eliminated rBGH from their store-label milk supply, including Kroger, Publix, Safeway and Wal-Mart.

You can also be on the lookout for the following labels on dairy products:
rBGH-Free
rBST-Free
Produced Without Artificial Growth Hormones
Our Farmers Pledge No Artificial Hormones
From Cows Not Treated with Artificial Growth Hormones


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