OREGON CONSUMERSí rBGH (rBST) -FREE DAIRY PRODUCTS GUIDE (DRAFT)

 

If you consume dairy products, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility recommends buying products from cows NOT injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST). It increases disease rates in cows and a significant body of scientific data has linked it to possible increases in cancer and antibiotic resistance in humans. Its use has been banned in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all 25 nations of the European Union.

 

To determine if a dairy product is rBGH-free, the best thing to do is LOOK AT THE LABEL. Dairies that are rBGH-free typically WANT to inform consumers and will usually have a statement saying they donít use it. Organic brands by definition are rBGH-free. Many major chains contract with organic producers and package organic store brand milks, which are not listed below.

 

Brands in the tables below have policies against the use of rBGH. Brands not in the tables below are likely to allow their dairy products to be produced from cows injected with rBGH. This includes Albertsonís, Alpenrose, Darigold, Eberhardís, Fred Meyer, Lucerne, Tillamook and Wilcox. Dairies using rBGH milk are not required by the FDA to disclose it. They rarely, if ever, have information on their labels informing consumers of their use of rBGH milk.

 

Note: Independent food co-ops around the state, not listed below for space reasons, often have a wide variety of rBGH-free dairy products.

 

MILK

 

BRAND

ORGANIC?

STORE(S) AVAILABLE (Note: Some brands are not available at all store locations)

Horizon

Yes

Albertsonís, Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway, Wild Oats

Lochmead

No

Dari-Mart

Mallories

No

BP Mini-marts, Food For Less, Rothís IGA, Shopping Cart, Thriftway

Market of Choice

No

Market of Choice

Noris

Yes

New Seasons

Organic Valley

Yes

Albertsonís, Fred Meyer, Haggenís, New Seasons, QFC, Thriftway, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Zupanís

Sunshine

No

New Seasons, 7-11, Wild Oats

Trader Joeís

No

Trader Joeís

Umpqua

No

Market of Choice

 

BUTTER

 

Beecherís

No

Zupanís

Horizon

Yes

Fred Meyer, Haggenís, New Seasons, Safeway, Thriftway, Wild Oats

Organic Valley

Yes

Albertsonís, Fred Meyer, Haggenís, New Seasons, Wild Oats, Zupanís

Trader Joeís

Both

Trader Joeís

Whole Foods 365

No

Whole Foods

Woodstock

Yes

New Seasons

 

CHEESE

 

(Note: Stores change brands frequently. Also, there is a wide variety of rBGH-free cheeses, too many to list here. Below is a representative sample, concentrating on major brands and those produced in Oregon.Also, imported cheeses from Canada, England, France, Italy and any other European Union nation are rBGH-free, although not usually labeled.

 

BRAND

ORGANIC?

STORES AVAILABLE

Bravo Farms

No

New Seasons, Wild Oats

Horizon

Yes

QFC, Safeway, Thriftway, Whole Foods, Wild Oats

Organic Valley

Yes

Albertsonís, Fred Meyer, Haggenís, Market of Choice, New Seasons, Rayís Food Place, Rothís, QFC, Thriftway, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Zupanís

Rogue Creamery

No

Lambís Markets, Market of Choice, New Seasons, Whole Foods

Trader Joeís (NOT ALL)

No

Trader Joeís

Whole Foods 365

No

Whole Foods

Willamette Valley

No

New Seasons

 

ICE CREAM

 

Ben & Jerryís

Both

Albertsonís, Fred Meyer, Haggenís, New Seasons, QFC, Safeway, Thriftway, Trader Joeís, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Zupanís

Double Rainbow

No

Trader Joeís, Whole Foods

Julieís Organic

Yes

Wild Oats

Stonyfield Farm

No

Wild Oats

Straus

Yes

Market of Choice

Umpqua

No

Albertsonís, Haggenís, Market of Choice, Thriftway, Zupanís

Wallaby

Yes

Thriftway

Whole Foods 365

No

Whole Foods

 

YOGURT

 

Brown Cow

No

Albertsonís, Market of Choice, New Seasons, Safeway, Thriftway, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Zupanís

Cascade Fresh

No

Food For Less, Fred Meyer, Haggenís, Market of Choice, New Seasons, QFC, Rayís Food Place, Rothís IGA, Thriftway, Wal-Mart, Wild Oats, Zupanís

Horizon

Yes

Safeway, Wild Oats, Zupanís

Nancyís

Both

Albertsonís, Fred Meyer, Haggenís, Price Chopper, Safeway, Thriftway, Wild Oats, Zupanís

Stonyfield Farm

Both

Albertsonís, Fred Meyer, Haggenís, Safeway, Thriftway, Trader Joeís, Whole Foods, Wild Oats

Wallaby

Yes

New Seasons, Whole Foods, Wild Oats