Q: How are you sure there are no artificial hormones in the milk?
A: There are no tests for artificial hormone content in milk because they so closely resemble natural hormones. For the milk we use in our Bulgarian yogurt , we have signed affidavits from the co-op and farmers pledging that they do not use artificial hormones. For our organic Bulgarian yogurt, our milk producers are inspected by organic certifiers who check the premises and processes for use of prohibited substances, including artificial hormones.
Lengthy conversations with dairy inspectors who know what local farmers are actually doing have convinced us that the practice of using artificial hormones has been dying off for years; it is just too expensive. The artificial hormones themselves are expensive, the increased appetite of the cow makes for higher feed costs, and the fact that the cow’s producing life is drastically reduced all have caused producers in our area to quit using them.