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What You Need to Know About Milk: Organic Milk

Did you know that June is National Dairy Month? American Dairy NE helps us determine the difference between organic milk. It comes down to how the cows are treated while on the farm.

What is different about organic milk?
The term organic simply refers to on-farm practices. All milk produced in the United States must adhere to the same strict federal standards for quality, purity and sanitation. Those using the “USDA organic” seal must ensure that the milk comes from dairy farms that meet the following criteria:

  • Cows are exclusively given food grown without the use of pesticides or commercial fertilizers.
  • Cows are given periodic access to pasture.
  • Cows are not treated with supplemental hormones.
  • Cows have not been given certain medications to treat illness.

Is organic milk better for me and my family than regular milk?
Organic and regular milk are equally nutritious and wholesome. Check the nutrition label and you’ll see that every 8-ounce serving offers the same amount of nine essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, conventionally produced food and organically produced food are equally safe and nutritious. Organic milk is just one of many options in the dairy case to fit different lifestyles and personal preferences.

What is the best/safest way to store dairy products?
Dairy foods are perishable and should always be kept refrigerated at or below 40°F, to keep harmful bacteria from growing. Storing foods properly at the right temperature will help maintain their freshness, quality and safety. To find out more about general safety tips for storing dairy products, as well as guidelines to follow during a power outage, go to dairyspot.com.

Where can I go for more information about milk and dairy farming?
For additional nutritional information, check out AmericanDairy.com or nationaldairycouncil.org. If you would like more information about life on a dairy farm, visit DairyGood.org.

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