I recently became aware that cows treated with the genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) experience higher rates of 16 harmful medical conditions, including pregnancy problems, diarrhea and mastitis, and that the use of rBGH may lead to antibiotic resistance and increased cancer rates in humans due to higher levels of the IGF1 hormone.
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and all 25 EU countries have banned its use due to animal safety and human health concerns. The United Nations main food safety body, the Codex Alimentarius has twice decided that it could not endorse the use of rBGH as safe for human health.
Many dairies and food retailers have discontinued their use of rBGH, including Starbucks, Dean Foods, Tillamook, Safeway and California Dairies Inc. due to the concerns expressed by their customers.
I urge you to be a leader on this issue and stop using rBGH. Thank you, and please inform me of your decision on this issue.