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WIN of the Week-Non GMO milk may be labelled as such

October 7, 2010

“Organic Bytes” Organic Consumers Organization sends us wonderful news for today:

Court Rules GMO-Free Milk
and Dairy Products Can Be Labeled as Such
In IDFA et al v. Boggs, decided September 30, 2010, a Federal Appeals Court overturned an Ohio state ban on label statements such as “rbGH free,” “rbST free,” and “artificial hormone free” on milk from cows that have not been treated with recombinant (GMO) bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a.k.a. bovine somatotropin (rbST).
The court found that GMO milk is different from normal milk. The decision states:
o A compositional difference does exist between milk from untreated cows and conventional milk.
o The use of rBGH (rbST) in milk production has been shown to elevate the levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), a naturally-occurring hormone that in high levels is linked to several types of cancers, among other things.
o rBGH (rbST) use induces an unnatural period of milk production during a cow’s “negative energy phase.” Milk produced during this stage is considered to be low quality due to its increased fat content and its decreased level of proteins.
o Milk from rBGH-injected cows contains higher somatic cell counts, which makes the milk turn sour more quickly and is another indicator of poor milk quality.

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