PLEASANTON, Calif. — Butter, cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt are among 100 Lucerne-brand items that are now rBST-free at Safeway banners. Lucerne-brand milk has been rBST-free for several years.
“All are made with milk from farmers who pledge not to treat their cows with the artificial growth hormone rBST,” the Safeway blog reads.
Recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), a synthetic version of a hormone found in cattle, is used by many commercial dairies to increase milk production. Though rBST has been banned in several countries, the United States has determined it to be safe to consume.
“While the FDA states that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST treated cows and milk derived from non-rBST treated cows, I’m just more comfortable with food that hasn’t been meddled with, particularly foods & beverages that my kids eat & drink so often,” “Kate,” Safeway’s official blogger, writes in a new post. “These products still have the same great taste and value that you’ve come to expect from Lucerne — now that gives me greater peace of mind.”