Food Facts

IN Dairy 2

  • Milk and dairy products undergo a number of safety, quality and sanitation procedures such as pasteurization, making them among the most highly regulated and safest foods available to consumers.
  • All milk intended for direct consumption should be pasteurized – it’s a matter of food safety.
  • The dairy industry abides by regulations issued and enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pasteurizing milk.
  • Strict government standards ensure that both regular and organic milk are wholesome, safe and nutritious.
  • Both regular and organic dairy products contain the same combination of nutrients that makes dairy products an important part of a healthy diet, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
  • Whether people choose regular or organic, they should feel good about consuming all varieties of milk, cheese and yogurt as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
  • There’s no scientific evidence that organic dairy products are safer or healthier than regular dairy products.
  • Studies show that milk from animals treated with the supplemental hormone rbST is the same wholesome product that we have enjoyed for generations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among many other leading health organizations, has approved the safety of using rbST in dairy cows.
  • All milk naturally contains very small amounts of hormones, and science shows that there is no significant difference in hormone levels between organic and regular milk.
  • Milk companies have responded to consumer requests for choices in the dairy aisle, and many now offer milk from cows not supplemented with rbST. This decision is due to market demand is not related to any health or safety issue. All milk is wholesome, safe and nutritious.
  • Milk and dairy products are among the most tested and regulated foods in this country.
  • All milk is strictly tested for antibiotics. Any milk that tests positive is disposed of immediately and does not enter the food supply.
  • The milk testing system provides dairy farmers with strong incentives to keep their milk free of antibiotics.
  • Sometimes it’s necessary for farmers to treat cows with antibiotics when they are ill, just as humans sometimes need medication when they are sick.
  • Dairy farmers’ commitment to providing high-quality milk begins with top-notch animal care.
  • Dairy products are safe, and our industry takes great precaution to ensure their safety.
  • Our food supply is even more secure than ever because of our cooperation with the government on these issues, as well as new safety systems and monitoring programs.
  • Based on a thorough analysis of possible threats to the milk supply, the dairy industry has worked diligently to implement a wide range of measures to secure facilities and the milk supply.
  • The dairy industry has a remarkable history of providing safe and healthy products.
  • The U.S. government has expertise in regulating the manufacture and distribution of safe and healthy food. Our country leads the world in these capabilities.
  • We realize that generations of Americans have considered dairy foods to be a vital part of their diets. We are committed to providing a safe, steady supply of dairy products.

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