Earlier this year at a "Truth about Milk" forum sponsored by American Agriculturist, Pennsylvania Ag Department officials indicated the commonwealth had authority to ensure truth in milk labeling. The forum centered around the controversy over whether milk processors and marketers could market milk as bovine growth hormone-free.
Last week, we reported that the Ag Department found that 16 label permit holders were found to be unverifiable or misleading, according to Ag Secretary Dennis Wolff. They have until Jan. 1 to correct the labels.
Who's mislabeling and how
Crowley Foods, Binghamton, N.Y.: "Crowley's farmers pledge no artificial growth hormones."
Cumberland Dairy, Rosenhayn, N.J.: "Our farmers pledge no artificial growth hormones. Milk from cows not treated with rBST/rBGH."
Dean Northeast, Franklin, Mass.: "Our farmers pledge no artificial growth hormones. Milk from cows not treated with rBST/rBGH."
Farmland Dairies, Wallington, N.J.: "Free of artificial growth hormones. Free of antibiotics."
G.A.F., Seelig, Woodside, N.Y.: "It is the policy of G.A.F. Seelig, Inc. to only offer milk that is rBST – rBHH and antibiotic free."
Garelick Farms N.J. Division, Burlington, N.J.: "Our farmers pledge no artificial growth hormones."
Harrisburg Dairies, Harrisburg, Pa.: "RBST FREE".
High View, T/A Vale Wood Farms, Cresson, Pa.: "rBST-hormone-free cows. Milk from cows not treated with rBST hormone."
Hope Acres Dairy, Brogue, Pa.: "No added BST."
Mountainside Farms, Jamaica, N.J.: "No hormones added. No antibiotics."
Perrydell Farm Dairy, York, Pa.: "rBST Free."
Rosenberger's Dairies, Hatfield, Pa.: "Rosenberger's farmers pledge no artificial growth hormones."
Rutter Bros. Dairy, York, Pa.: "No artificial growth hormones."
Schneider's Dairy, Pittsburgh, Pa.: "Free of antibiotics and the growth hormone rBST."
Upstate Farms Coop, Buffalo, N.Y.: "From cows not treated with synthetic growth hormones."
Wade's Dairy, Bridgeport, Conn.: "From cows not treated with the growth hormone rBST."