California Dairy Co-op to Stop Accepting Hormone-Treated Milk

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A major dairy cooperative has decided to have its farmers stop using a synthetic hormone to coax more milk from cows.

Consumer groups are applauding the move, which the say will have
a ripple effect across the dairy industry.

Members of California Dairies Company generate ten percent of the milk produced in the nation. By August First, they'll have to stop injecting their herds with the genetically engineered hormone RBST or pay a premium for the co-op to truck their milk to alternative markets.

RBST is already banned in Canada and Europe, mostly because of concerns that it makes cows more prone to illness.

California Dairies Company has 650 members, and California is the number one dairy state.

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