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#1 of 4 Old 02-13-2003, 04:11 PM - Thread Starter
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I am a big ingredient-reader, since DH and I decided to cut out certain items from our diet (soy, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc) when we were trying to get pregnant. I have to admit that I don't usually read the labels for organic milk tho. Yesterday while at Whole Foods I did read the ingredients and I found that one of the reduced fat organic milks was made with a combination of organic and non-organic milk. Just thought I'd make others aware of this. I thought when it was organic milk, it was just that, but apparently some companies are tricky enough to combine the two. And no, I can't remember the brand, just how surprised I was.

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My family owns a very small grassfed dairy out of minnesota. It is amazing what some creamerys will do to cut costs on their milk! We do sell to Whole foods in MN as well as natural food coops in the twin cities! I encourage you to find a small dairy that bottles thier own milk (very easy to control what goes into the cow!!!). I know that there are some of these creamerys in Cal. Give them a try... they are everywhere on the east coast and slowly developing in the rest of the counrty.

Good Luck and thank you for noticing that all milk is not created equal!
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has a lot to do with which organic standards they are adhering to. the new fda standard says that it can be labeled organic if there's 90% organic ingredients, and labeled as having organic ingredients if it's 75% organic - I'm remembering this, so the figures may be a little different. You do have to be cautious what you're getting if it says Organic. The Cal Organic standards were the highest and any organic outlet can use this classification, but it does require certification. The new FDA standards are about the same as California's, but I'm not sure which parts differ.

Also, for small farms that are just naturally organic, sometimes they can't say they're oraganic because they cannot get the proper ceritifcation. But, certification or not, smaller farms can proclaim they are organic naturally. Getting to know these sellers is a good idea because then you can trust yourself to know what you're getting.

I'm referring to general organic guidlines, not for milk explicitly. But, the guidelines do include these standards.


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I always read the labels on everything, but I take for granted that my Organic milk is what it is supposed to be. I guess I will just have to keep looking.

BTW, I just looked at my Horizon container, it is okay. I also have a container of Organic Valley whole milk and it is okay as well. I will definitely keep my eyes peeled.
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