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Look for rBGH-free dairy products

July 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to healthy food and diet many look for no or low sugar and carb products. When it comes to dairy products, it is rBGH or rBST is a concern for many. It can find its way into dairy products including milk, yogurt, cheese, whey protein and many others. Some are linking its presence in many food items to cause cancer including colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancer.

How Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) find its way into your table? Cows are injected with the artificial and genetically engineered hormone to produce more milk and to enhance their metabolism. The synthetic hormone works in the pituitary glands and it is the largest selling dairy animal drug in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists that rBGH is safe for human consumption. But some countries including Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union ban the use of the product. Due to a failure of an attempt to ban it worldwide by the United Nations Safety Agency in 1999, there is an international ban on U.S. milk. The scientific community is divided on the issue. Some argue that dairy products containing rBGH could result in increase in infertility, risk of lameness, and shorter lifespan.