Kroger to curtail rBST in milk
Earlier this year the company changed the milk it sells in the western half of the US to a certified rBST-free supply. The change affects the milk it processes and sells in its City Market, Dillons, Fry’s, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, QFC, Ralph’s and Smith’s divisions and Kroger stores in Louisiana and Texas.
Recombinant bovine somatotrophin (rBST) is given to cows to increase milk production. FDA has concluded there is no difference between milk derived from cows treated with rBST and those that have not been treated.According to William Boehm, Kroger’s senior vice president and president of manufacturing, “Our customers’ increasing interest in their health and wellness is the basis for our decision. We appreciate the willingness of dairy cooperatives across the country to work with us to make this transition in the next six months.”
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France’s Danone is increasing dairy product prices by 2.5%, and competitors are expected to follow. Unilever has seen its commodity costs rise by 300 million euros ($410 million) in the first half and expected the trend to continue due to sharply increasing edible oils and dairy prices. Cadbury blamed a 20% increase in dairy for squeezing margins. (In. the US, raw milk prices have nearly doubled since last year, from $11.17 to $21.40 per hundred pounds.)Most food groups estimate that European consumers will probably pay between 1.5 and 2.5% more for food from now on. Economists believe that long-term commodity price increases could lead to inflation.
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