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In many states, the labeling of milk has become a hot topic of debate. In the last year or so, several state legislatures have taken up the topic of how milk should be labeled relative to the use of recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).
Monsanto’s rBST product, Posilac, is a supplement of the naturally occurring cow hormone BST, that when administered to cows allows them to produce more milk. Many dairy farmers use Posilac because they can produce more milk with fewer cows. The milk from treated cows is identical to milk produced by cows that are not treated. There is no laboratory anywhere in the world that can tell the difference between milk from a cow that has been treated with Posilac and milk from one that hasn’t been treated. Milk from treated cows is just as safe as milk from untreated cows. This has been affirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, American Medical Association, American Dietetic Association and regulatory agencies in 30 countries.
Some consumers prefer to purchase milk from cows that have not been treated with rBST. Monsanto respects this choice, but we want to make sure that consumers have all of the information they need to make this decision. We are not against the accurate labeling of milk – even when it is labeled to state that rBST has not been used.
Unfortunately in an effort to profit from unfounded fears, many milk processors have labeled their milk to suggest that milk from cows treated with rBST is harmful, or somehow different from milk from untreated cows. We stand by the safety of our products. Therefore we do support legislation requiring that milk labeling be COMPLETE and ACCURATE. We are not alone in this goal. Labeling guidelines published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration state that labels claiming the milk is “not from cows treated with RBST` should also contain the statement that “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST-treated cows”. It is a simple matter of honesty in labeling.
Where we believe labeling is misleading, we will contact the Federal Trade Commission with our concerns. We believe that both activities are consistent with being good stewards of our products and supporting our farmer customers.
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Last Updated: 07/16/2009