Dairy Environmental Policy Question 5

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Question

Does at least 50% of the dairy come from cows that are not treated with synthetic hormones and are not given preventive antibiotics?

  • Dutch version: Komt ten minste 50% van de zuivel van koeien die niet zijn behandeld met synthetische hormonen en preventieve antibiotica?
  • German version: Stammen zumindestens 50% der verarbeiteten Milch von Kühen, die nicht mit synthetischen Hormonen oder vorbeugenden Antibiotika behandelt wurden?

References and Guidelines

A biological cow is not allowed to be treated with antibiotics or hormones, unless the cow is so sick that it can become life-threatening. When the cow received antibiotic more than twice, its dairy cannot be sold as “organic milk” anymore. When a cow is treated with hormones and antibiotics it will find its way in the milk which is consumed by human beings and can cause health problems. [1]

This guideline is set by EKO [2]. When a product is labelled with the EKO sign, it indicates that the product has organic origin. The standards of EKO are made up by and protected by the European Commission. According to EKO, cows can not be treated with synthetic hormones and can not be given preventive antibiotics in order to be certified organic.

Demeter certification always includes at least the EKO standards, and is therefore acknowledged for this question as well.

Please note that some brands do not have an official certification for their products, but do have a concrete policy that includes this standard. When this standard is applied to at least 50% of the brand's products, this is sufficient for a 'Yes' as well.

Best Practice: Vecozuivel has 100% organic milk, which indicates that 100% (so at least 50%) of their cows are not treated with synthetic hormones and are not given preventive antibiotics.

Answering guidelines

Answer Yes:

  • The [brand/company] produces at least 50% of its dairy that comes from cows that are not treated with synthetic hormones and are not given preventive antibiotics.

Answer No:

  • The [brand/company] does not produces at least 50% of its dairy that comes from cows that are not treated with synthetic hormones and are not given preventive antibiotics

Answer ?:

  • The [brand/company] does not specify what % of cows is not treated with synthetic hormones and are not given preventive antibiotics.
  • The [brand/company] does not specify what type hormones and antibiotics the cows are given.