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RBGHRecombinant Bovine Growth Hormone
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Vermont farmers were the first to sound the alarm about rBGH, when it was undergoing trials in 1986-90 at the University of Vermont under a grant from Monsanto.
The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) has conducted three safety reviews of rBGH, and its representative keeps insisting to the Codex delegates that these safety reviews have shown the veterinary drug to be safe, with no noticed increase in mastitis (udder infections) or antimicrobial residues from rBGH use.
Antibiotic Threat via Milk: Cows injected with rBGH have a much higher level of udder infections and require more antibiotics.
The majority of Maryland hospitals serve milk free of recumbent bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and are choosing to serve Dannon and Yoplait yogurt which do not contain rBGH Dannon and Yoplait have rBGH-free products as the result of a campaign by consumers, hospitals, and other healthcare providers requesting that they produce a rBGH-free products.
The Ohio rule had prohibited dairy producers from labeling their products with statements identifying them as free of recombinant bovine somatotropin, the synthetic growth hormone commonly referred to as rBST or rBGH. The federal court struck down the Ohio law, concluding that labels such as "rBGH-free" are not inherently misleading and could not be prohibited by the state.
Sources of differentiation include a superior taste (resulting from using milk from Guernsey cows), a product that is rBGH free, and the promotion of local production and ingredients.
GM food remains one of the most active food issues in North America and Asia, due to continuing controversies over rBGH in milk and GM contamination scares, but in Europe, this once extremely hot issue has fallen to sixth place, the same level as in South America.
Thanks to the work of Breast Cancer Action, food product manufacturer General Mills has committed to making yogurt without the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which has been linked to cancer.
What about the use of recombinant bovine growth hormone, or rBGH, in dairy cows and its presence in milk?
Created by culinary experts and food developers from both companies, Starbucks[R] ice cream is made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients, including milk and cream supplied by farmers who pledge not to treat their cows with rBGH.
Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) is a genetically-engineered growth hormone that is injected into cows on 10-15% of the U.S.