2003, just-food.com: The US Food and Drug Administration,
in a ruling against four dairy products firms, has said
that no milk product can be labeled hormone free. The
firms were subsequently told to stop labeling their products
as being free of hormones.
The FDA reasoned that no milk product could be labeled
hormone free because all milk contained naturally occurring
"FDA is committed to assuring that consumers are
provided with truthful information on product labels,"
FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark McClellan was quoted by Reuters
The agency said the four companies, which produce milk
and ice cream, may have been aiming to say that their
products were free of an engineered hormone called recombinant
bovine somatotropin or rbST, which is used to increase
"Before the 1993 approval of rbST, FDA determined
that the recombinant, or genetically engineered form
of bST is virtually identical to a cow's natural somatotropin,
a hormone produced in the pituitary gland that stimulates
the production of milk," the agency said.
The FDA said that because the products were virtually
identical there was no basis for claiming that milk
from non rBST-treated cows was safer than milk from
cows treated with the engineered hormone.