Campaign For Safe Food Update

March, 2010

Take Back Our Ice Cream

As most of you know, we’ve had a continuing, very successful post card campaign to Breyers and Dreyer’s ice cream asking them to go rBGH-free. Nationwide, thousands of post cards have been sent. They’ve got the message that consumers are upset and we know discussions have been held at both companies.

Now it’s time to take this viral, and we need you to help.

More and more people are finding out that the artificial hormone rBGH (rBST) in dairy products harms cows, leads to increased antibiotic resistance in humans and may increase cancer rates. Its use has been banned by Canada, Australia, New Zealand and all 27 nations of the European Union. The American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association and Health Care Without Harm all have taken official positions opposing rBGH. The American Medical Association doesn’t have an official stance, but its past president asked that all hospitals serve only rBGH-free milk.

There has been a consumer revolt against this hormone and dozens of retailers and dairy processors and have stopped using it completely, including Starbucks, Chipotle Restaurants, Darigold, Tillamook and many more. Walmart, Kroger, Kraft and others have started offering rBGH-free product lines and last year, Yoplait and Dannon yogurts both went completely rBGH-free in response to consumer demand.

But not Breyers and Dreyer’s, the two largest ice cream producers. Breyers, whose labels say “All natural,” also includes Good Humor, Klondike Bars and Popsicle. Dreyer’s includes Haagen Dazs, Nestle and Edy’s.

· Please contact them today and ask them to stop using rBGH!

· If you have stopped buying their product(s) or will stop because they use rBGH, let them know!

· And please forward this message through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and good old face-to-face conversations with family members, friends and neighbors!

Feel free to tell them who you are (such as a mother, nurse, business owner, teacher, etc.) and to ask for a response. Tell them you don’t accept the FDA’s misguided opinion that rBGH is safe.

To e-mail U.S. Ice Cream, which includes Breyers, Good Humor, Klondike Bars and Popsicle, go to http://www.icecreamusa.com/contact_us/comment.cfm. If you’d rather call, the separate numbers are:


(800) 931-2826


(800) 931-2854


(800) 931-2830


(800) 931-2849

To e-mail Dreyer’s, which includes Haagen Dazs, Nestle and Edy’s, go to http://www.dreyersinc.com/contact.asp. For separate phone numbers:

DREYER’S (877) 437-3937

EDY’s (888) 590-3397

NESTLE (800) 225-2270

HAAGEN DAZS (800) 225-2270

Every e-mail, phone call or post card brings us one step closer to these companies going rBGH-free. THANK YOU for taking a few minutes to participate in this great cause, and please forward this message to family and friends!

Rick North, Project Director
Campaign For Safe Food
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
hrnorth (a) hevanet.com


Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone

In 1993 the FDA approved a controversial GE product, rBGH (also known as rBST), for use in dairy farming. This genetically engineered hormone is injected into cows to increase their milk production. Many animal health problems arise from this practice including fertility issues in cows, birth deformities in calves, increased levels of somatic cell count (pus) in milk, diarrhea, and greater rates of mastitis (a clinical udder infection). To read more about the effects of rBGH on dairy cows, read the POSILAC® insert (the commercial name for rBGH).

Beyond an animal welfare issue, increased health problems in dairy cows may result in greater use of antibiotics in herds supplemented with rBGH. This contributes to overuse of these drugs and can ultimately lead to antibiotic resistance in humans. Additionally, a number of studies showed that rBGH increases amounts of IGF-1 in milk. This is a hormone that, when present in higher than naturally occurring levels, promotes increased prostate, breast, colon and other cancers in humans.

At Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility we believe it is imperative to advocate for precaution when dealing with risk to human health. Therefore we are working to raise consumer awareness about rBGH and discontinue its use nationwide through promoting grassroots citizen action.

To learn more about rBGH please review our numerous fact sheets and downloads. There are many steps consumers can take to both avoid this genetically engineered product and help get it off the market. The Campaign for Safe Food encourages everyone to purchase rBGH-free products and ask companies who do use it to stop.

Know Your Milk Brochure

Consumers Guide (.doc)

APHA Opposes rBGH Press Release (pdf)

A Public Health Response to Elanco's rbST: a Safety Assessment" (pdf)

AMA Past President Statment on rBGH

ANA Press Release on Working to Address Public Health Issues

HCWH Position Statement on rBGH

Yogurt Nutrient Comparison Chart (.xls)

Institutional Guide for rBGH-Free Yogurt Companies

Consumer Demand for RBGH-Free Products: Professional Surveys

Consumer Demand for RBGH-Free Products: Quotes

rBGH-Free Dairies in Top 100

GMO and rBGH PowerPoint

Power of the Postcards

Scientific American on rBGH and the environment

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