Remember when rBST-free milk was all the rage? Now, it’s probably harder to find milk with hormones, than not (just a guess). But what about cheese? Or sour cream, cottage cheese and ice cream, for that matter? If we don’t make it from scratch (and some of us don’t, at least not yet), are we assuming that all dairy is hormone free?
What got me into this mess was a sale on cheese. I scooped it up, stuck it in the fridge and promptly realized I hadn’t checked the label on a brand I don’t normally purchase. It didn’t say “made from cows not treated with rBST” anywhere. A few minutes of research later and I knew that cheese in the fridge had hormones in it. <gasp> So I made my husband eat it.
Fast forward a few years and I loyally only buy one local brand of dairy. It’s hormone free and every milk delivery is tested for antibiotics (all milk, conventional or organic, is tested for specific antibiotics and if positive, cannot be sold). And frankly, it’s just simple buying from one brand that I know is hormone-free and fits in my budget.
If you can find a local farmer that you trust and can afford, do it! But when that isn’t an option, here are 30 conventional dairy brands that offer hormone free dairy products that you might find at your local grocery store. If an online policy is available, I’ve linked to it, otherwise I obtained the information through emails with each company.
Note: 100% organic dairy products are always free of milk from cows given rBST so I have not included them in my list of 30 conventional brands.
- Umpqua :: policy
- Darigold :: policy
- Schneider’s :: policy
- Sunshine Dairy :: policy
- Daisy :: policy
- Alpenrose Dairy
- Turner Dairy :: policy
- Smith Dairy :: policy
- Oakhurst Dairy :: policy
- Jilbert Dairy :: policy
- Roberts Dairy : policy
- Hood (note: only milk and ice cream) :: policy
- Trader Joe’s labeled dairy products
- Whole Foods 365 and 365 Organic :: policy
- Kroger branded dairy products (note: milk and cream used in all dairy products are rBST free but they are still sourcing rBST free dairy powders such as whey, buttermilk, and whey protein concentrate)
- Safeway labeled dairy products :: policy
- Kerrygold Butter :: policy
- Challenge Butter (note: 6 of their butter products listed in the policy) :: policy
- Yoplait Yogurt
- Chobani Yogurt :: policy
- Brown Cow Yogurt :: policy
- Fage Yogurt :: policy
- Nancy’s Yogurt :: policy
- Ben and Jerry’s (note: all milk and cream is but cannot guarantee manufactured ingredients like brownies, cookie dough, etc. are hormone free) :: policy
These brands have some dairy products that are made from milk not treated with rBST but only if labeled:
- Cabot Cheese
- Precious Cheese
Here’s just a few of the brands that responded to my inquiry that had a variety of responses basically stating that their products are not guaranteed to be free of milk from cows treated with rBST: Breyer’s, Blue Bunny, Borden, Sargento, Dreyer’s, Frigo, Haagen-Dazs, Hilmar Cheese, Land O’Lakes, Philadelphia, Walmart (milk is free of rBST but not other Walmart branded dairy products) and Publix (milk is free of rBST but other Publix branded dairy products).