Here’s what I’ve found out so far:
1) Publix supermarkets has banned RBGH milk. I’ve e-mailed them and asked about their other store-brand dairy products and will post the answer here when I get it. (Update from June 12: I heard back from Publix: “Publix Milk is made from cows that have not been treated with artificial hormones (it is rbST-free). All other items produced in our Publix Dairy Plants are made with fluid milk that is rbST-free. This includes all Publix brand cottage cheese, sour cream, cup yogurt and ice cream. However, in making these products you have to add a little bit of powdered grade A non-fat milk solids. This powdered milk is not guaranteed to be rbST-free, therefore we can’t make the claim on these products. Other Publix brand products like butter, cheese and cream cheese are made by different companies and are not guaranteed to be rbST-free.” [RBST is another name for RBGH.]
2) Safeway supermarkets and Starbucks are both moving toward RBGH-free milk. (You’ll have to scroll down a bit to find it.) What “moving toward” means is that a percentage of their milk products are now RBGH free and they’re apparently looking to increase that.
3) Walmart, Kroger and Dean Foods say they’re looking to switch but I don’t know if they have yet. Kroger owns Fred Meyer, for those of you in the northwest.
4) I’ve contacted Sargento to see if their cheese is made with RBGH-free milk. No response yet. If you contact someone and get any information re any national brand of dairy product, please let me know and I’ll post it here.
I suspect all of these organizations changed in part because of consumer pressure — TALK TO YOUR GROCER!! And vote with your dollar if you possibly can.
Here’s a link to a source of information on raw milk. I’m not advocating this particular switch, but here’s the info if you’re interested.