Milk, Hormones & Antibiotics

Canadian milk is one of the safest and most tested foods in the country.

Hormones for cows? Not in Canada.

  • Unlike in some other countries, the sale of bovine growth hormones, used to increase a cow’s milk production, is illegal in Canada. To maximize milk production, dairy farmers make sure that their cows are healthy and well-nourished.

Milk and antibiotics don’t mix

  • The use of antibiotics in the dairy industry is strictly regulated. A dairy cow is only given antibiotics if it is sick. A cow receiving antibiotics must be clearly identified. That cow’s milk is properly discarded for a mandatory withdrawal period until the medication has cleared the cow’s system. A producer who would breach these rules would expose itself to heavy fines.

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