Recently read on the side of a yogurt container…

I’ve been buying mostly organic these days, whenever I can. I’m kind of an inveterate label reader, as I like to know what I’m eating. I was curious what this was sweetened with, being organic (it turned out to be fruit juice). So I’m reading along, and I find this odd bit:

FDA Required Statement: “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBGH-treated and non-rBGH-treated cows.”

Note that this yogurt cup had made no claims about anything regarding rBGH-free dairy products, other than that this yogurt had none, sensibly leaving the decision about whether that’s important up to the consumer. Apparently the FDA feels no such even-handedness is required.

I mean, think about it. Who is the FDA protecting here? The only people who could benefit from such a statement being added to all organic diary containers would be large dairy companies who don’t want organic products to out-compete their non-organic products in the marketplace. It’s not as if the hormone-free dairy product might have some hidden danger we can’t foresee; the rBGH is logically more likely to have a possible danger, whether or not we know it.

The scientist in me immediately started to pick apart the statement, too. “No significant difference” means what, exactly? We know the hormones do show up in the dairy products. So that can’t be what they mean (many would consider that a significant difference). In the nutritional content? Well, that isn’t what most people are worried about. In the environment? Hormones used by humans in various forms are showing up in increasing quantities, making fish biologists worry what that might be doing to natural mating and spawning cycles. Never mind your three-year-old.

Hrm. Do you feel safer yet?


One thought on “Recently read on the side of a yogurt container…

  1. coppermoon says:

    We can thank our good friends at Monsanto for this – rBGH makes cows lame and causes all kinds of problems – why would it not be harmful to us as well then? But Monsanto does whatever it takes to get whatever it wants including suing those who say their products contain no rBGH. However, I see that Monsanto is selling off their rBGH division – I have to wonder why.

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