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Publix brand milk now free of synthetic hormone<br><br>
By ELIZABETH LEE<br>
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution<br>
Published on: 05/02/07<br><br>
Publix Super Markets is switching all of its store- brand milk to eliminate a controversial genetically engineered hormone.<br><br>
The grocery chain on Tuesday introduced a full line of milk produced without rbST, including chocolate milk. Publix becomes the largest supermarket chain in metro Atlanta to offer that type of milk in all its private label varieties.<br><br>
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Dairy farmers use rbST, or recombinant bovine somatotropin, to boost milk production. The Food and Drug Administration in 1993 approved the product, a synthetic version of a naturally occurring hormone. There is no significant difference between milk from cows treated with the hormone and untreated cows, the federal agency said.<br><br>
Still, consumers were wary. That skepticism has continued for more than a decade, helping boost sales of organic milk, which does not contain the hormone.<br><br>
Those concerns are causing other retailers to make changes, too. Chipotle started spooning up rbST-free sour cream on its burritos and tacos this year, and Starbucks pledged to use more milk without synthetic hormones. Whole Foods Market has sold rbST-free milk for years under its 365 store brand.<br><br>
Publix is making the switch in response to consumer concern about the potential for harmful effects, says spokeswoman Brenda Reid. All the chain's 902 stores will carry the milk.<br><br>
Earlier this year, a coalition that includes the Organic Consumers Association petitioned the FDA to take the synthetic hormone off the market, contending it increased the risk of certain kinds of cancer in those who drank milk from rbST-treated cows.<br><br>
Monsanto, which produces the hormone under the trade name Posilac, says it is safe.<br><br>
Milk produced without the synthetic hormone generally costs 5 cents to 20 cents more per gallon, according to a spokeswoman for Dean Foods, the nation's top dairy producer. The change should not affect the cost of Publix milk, Reid says.<br><br>
Publix is charging $3.39 a gallon for the milk today; it goes on sale for $2.50 a gallon starting Thursday. Previously, Publix sold rbST-free milk under its Greenwise label for $2.49 a half-gallon. The chain is dropping that milk but keeping its Greenwise Organic milk. Whole Foods charges about $2.99 a gallon for its rbST-free milk.<br><br>
That type of milk costs more because cows produce less without the hormone and because dairies must take care not to mix it with conventional milk, says Marguerite Copel, vice president of corporate communications for Dean Foods. The Dallas-based company does not supply the private-label milk to Publix but does offer milk without synthetic hormones under some of its brands.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.ajc.com/health/content/health/stories/2007/05/01/0502alvmilk.html" target="_blank">http://www.ajc.com/health/content/he...02alvmilk.html</a>
 

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So the regular publix milk is now even going to be hormone free? How cool! I was buying the Greenwise kind.
 

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woo hoo. I've been buying the organic from Costco, but it's $7.99 for 1.5 gallons. I'll probably get Publix for me and dh, and the organic for the kids.....
 

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Great! Thanks for posting that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I went and got some yesterday and I also noticed that Costco's milk is hormome free. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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This is such great news!! I called and left a message at Publix Headquarters and got a return call from the head of the dairy dept just this afternoon. He said to make sure that you read the labels, b/c they still have some of the older milk in stock, and the new stuff will say on the label that it is hormone free!! We go through 6 gallons of organic milk a week...we only buy organic b/c of this hormone issue, so I am so looking forward to having my milk bill cut in 1/2. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I went and got some yesterday and I also noticed that Costco's milk is hormome free. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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Oh my Paige, you're right. I bought a gallon at Costco yesterday and I didn't even notice that their label had changed. Woo hoo. I also bought 1.5 gallons of their organic, which I will probably use sparingly with the "cheap" hormone free milk. I'm so psyched, as I go to Costco weekly, but only make it to Publix once every 2 weeks.....
 

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I only glanced at this before as both my kids are dairy allergic so cow's milk is only seen rarely here for dh. I think I am going to have to look in to this a little closer though. WIC checks here in FL very clearly state "NO ORGANIC" so while this is not organic milk it is better then most milk out there. I think I may make a trip to Publix to see if I can get their hormone free milk with WIC checks. If I can I'll give it to dh as the gallon in the fridge is over a month old, mostly full and just nasty!
 

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You can get it with WIC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You can get it with WIC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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YAY! That's one good thing for people on WIC. Now if they would just start covering other types of milk. Neither of my kids can handle dairy and the little guy can't have soy either. Not that he really needs another type of milk at the moment, but he gets mad having dry cereal when dd gets milk on her's.
 

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That's awesome!<br><br>
(I LOVE Publix... my Dad has been an employee for over 25 years! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I've been brainwashed my whole life to think it is "the" place to shop!)
 

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I'm just now seeing this, but yay! I shop at local stores for almost all of my food, but I do go to publix for things I can't get at a HFS. I was paying $4 a gallon there for their milk. I'm so glad publix made the switch!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm just now seeing this, but yay! I shop at local stores for almost all of my food, but I do go to publix for things I can't get at a HFS. I was paying $4 a gallon there for their milk. I'm so glad publix made the switch!</div>
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You were paying $4 a gallon for truly organic milk? Where???<br><br>
I got this "new" Publix milk yesterday and I think it was $3.89 a gallon. If it was between that and $4 for organic, I'd pick organic.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You were paying $4 a gallon for truly organic milk? Where???<br><br>
I got this "new" Publix milk yesterday and I think it was $3.89 a gallon. If it was between that and $4 for organic, I'd pick organic.</div>
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Sign me up for true organic milk at $4 a gallon too!! We had been paying nearly $7 and going thru 5 gallons a week. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: We have since switched to Publix milk.
 

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We pay about $3.49-3.89 for organic milk at Publix. The one by me carries Organic Valley, Stoneyfield, Horizon and another one I can't remember.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We pay about $3.49-3.89 for organic milk at Publix. The one by me carries Organic Valley, Stoneyfield, Horizon and another one I can't remember.</div>
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But for us at Publix with those brands, that's the HALF gallon price. Publix organic was about $3 for a half gallon. The new Publix hormone free was $3.89 for a full gallon.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But for us at Publix with those brands, that's the HALF gallon price. Publix organic was about $3 for a half gallon. The new Publix hormone free was $3.89 for a full gallon.</div>
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Pretty much the same prices for me at Publix. I was making a bi-weekly trip to Wild Oats b/c they sell organic by the gallon. I was buying 10 gallons at a time. I am so happy that Publix has taken the step to stop buying the milk from dairies that use the hormone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But for us at Publix with those brands, that's the HALF gallon price. Publix organic was about $3 for a half gallon. The new Publix hormone free was $3.89 for a full gallon.</div>
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Yep, duh, I wasn't thinking<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Publix has their organic milk for 4.99 a gallon. They also have coupon books at the store with some good organic coupons, so we've been using the Organic valley 1.00 off coupon from them. I grab a handful of the booklets everytime I'm in there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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