CONSUMERS’ GUIDE to rBGH (rBST) -FREE DAIRY PRODUCTS

 

     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 has been linked to possible increases in cancer and antibiotic resistance in humans. It is disallowed in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all 25 nations of the European Union.

     These brands allow the use of rBGH in their products: Albertson’s, Andersen and Western Family.

     Some brands are split: Tillamook cheese is produced rBGH-free, but not their other dairy products. Umpqua milk is rBGH-free, but not their ice cream. Safeway Dairy Glen and Lucerne milk (in the Northwest) is rBGH-free, but not their other dairy products. Most Darigold milk is rBGH-free, but not all. Darigold yogurt is rBGH-free, but not other dairy products.

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There are two categories of rBGH-free products – organic and conventional. The best thing to do is LOOK AT THE LABEL. Conventional rBGH-free brands are typically labeled “rBGH-free,” “rBST-free” or “no artificial hormones.”              Brands in the table below have policies against the use of rBGH. Please note: Local, independent food co-ops and natural food stores, not listed below for space reasons, often have a wide variety of rBGH-free products. This includes stores carrying organic products.

 

rBGH-FREE MILK

 

rBGH-FREE BRAND

ORGANIC?

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

Alpenrose

No

Albertson’s, New Seasons, QFC, Thriftway, Zupan’s

Eberhard’s

No

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Ray’s, Safeway, Sentry

Fred Meyer/Mountain Dairy

No

Fred Meyer

Horizon

Yes

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway, Wild Oats

Lochmead

No

Dari-Mart

Mallories

No

BP Mini-marts, Food For Less, Roth’s IGA, Shopping Cart, Thriftway

Market of Choice

No

Market of Choice

Noris

Yes

New Seasons

Organic Valley

Yes

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Haggen’s, New Seasons, QFC, Roth’s IGA, Thriftway, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Zupan’s

Pacific Village

Yes

New Seasons

Safeway – Dairy Glen & Lucerne

No

Safeway

Stremick’s Heritage

Yes

Winco

Sunshine

No

Grocery Outlet, New Seasons, Whole Foods, Wild Oats

Trader Joe’s

Org. and Non-org.

Trader Joe’s

Umpqua

No

Market of Choice

Wilcox

Org. and Non-org.

Costco, Haggen’s, QFC, 7-11, Wal-Mart

 

rBGH-FREE BUTTER

 

Beecher’s

No

Zupan’s

Eberhard’s

No

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Ray’s, Safeway, Sentry

Horizon

Yes

Fred Meyer, Haggen’s, New Seasons, Safeway, Thriftway, Wild Oats

Organic Valley

Yes

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Haggen’s, New Seasons, Wild Oats, Zupan’s

Pacific Village

Yes

New Seasons

Rose Valley

Org. and Non-org.

Roth’s IGA, Thriftway, Zupan’s

Trader Joe’s

Org. and Non-org.

Trader Joe’s

Whole Foods 365

No

Whole Foods

Woodstock

Yes

New Seasons

 

rBGH-FREE CHEESE

 

Note: Below is a sample of rBGH-free cheeses. Cheeses from Canada and any European Union nation are rBGH-free, though not usually labeled.

 

rBGH-FREE BRAND

ORGANIC?

STORES AVAILABLE

Bravo Farms

No

New Seasons, Wild Oats

Horizon

Yes

New Seasons, QFC, Safeway, Thriftway, Whole Foods, Wild Oats

Oregon Gourmet

No

Market of Choice, New Seasons, Whole Foods

Organic Valley

Yes

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Haggen’s, Market of Choice, New Seasons, Ray’s Food Place, Roth’s IGA, QFC, Thriftway, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Zupan’s

Rogue Creamery

Org. and Non-org.

Lamb’s Markets, Market of Choice, New Seasons, Whole Foods

Tillamook

No

Most area stores

Trader Joe’s (NOT ALL)

No

Trader Joe’s

Whole Foods 365

No

Whole Foods

Willamette Valley

No

New Seasons

 

rBGH-FREE ICE CREAM

 

Ben & Jerry’s

Org. and Non-org.

Albertson’s, F. Meyer, Haggen’s, N. Seasons, QFC, Safeway, Thriftway, Trad. Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Zupan’s

Double Rainbow

No

New Seasons, Roth’s IGA,Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods

Eberhard’s

No

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Ray’s, Safeway, Sentry

Julie’s Organic

Yes

New Seasons, Wild Oats

Lochmead

No

Dari-Mart

Stonyfield Farm

No

New Seasons, Wild Oats

Straus

Yes

Market of Choice

Wallaby

Yes

Thriftway

Whole Foods 365

No

Whole Foods

 

rBGH-FREE YOGURT

 

Brown Cow

No

Albertson’s, Market of Choice, New Seasons, Safeway, Thriftway, Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Zupan’s

Cascade Fresh

No

Food For Less, Fred Meyer, Haggen’s, Market of Choice, New Seasons, QFC, Ray’s Food Place, Roth’s IGA, Thriftway, Wal-Mart, Wild Oats, Zupan’s

Darigold

No

Albertson’s, Food For Less, Ray’s Food Place, Sentry, Thriftway

Horizon

Yes

New Seasons, Safeway, Wild Oats, Zupan’s

Nancy’s

 Org. and Non- Org.

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Haggen’s, Market of Choice, New Seasons,  Safeway, Thriftway, Wild Oats, Zupan’s

Stonyfield Farm

Org. and Non-Org.

Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Haggen’s, New Seasons,  Safeway, Thriftway, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wild Oats

Trader Joe’s

Org. and Non-Org.

Trader Joe’s

Wallaby

Yes

New Seasons, Whole Foods, Wild Oats

Wilcox

Org. and Non-Org.

Haggen’s, QFC

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