My friend forwarded me an email she sent to Fage regarding their yogurt. I thought it was interesting enough to share….
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 7:01 PM
Subject: hormone free? organic?
Is Fage greek yogurt growth hormone and antibiotic free? Where do you buy your milk? Thanks.
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From: Michelle Haney
Date: Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 8:09 AM
Subject: RE: Contact Us Email
Thank you for contacting us regarding our FAGE Total product.
We appreciate your interest and support. FAGE Dairy Industry is one of the largest food producers in Greece; it operates 3 production facilities in Greece for dairy product production (milk, yogurt, cheese and dairy desserts). Our wholly owned subsidiary FAGE USA Dairy Industry, Inc. has opened and operates a new state-of-the-art yogurt production facility in upstate New York in April 2008.
We make FAGE Total All Natural Greek Strained yogurt using a proprietary process.
First, the milk is pasteurized to destroy any harmful bacteria. Next, the FAGE Total live active yogurt culture is added to the milk. This culture is produced at the FAGE plant and helps to create the characteristic FAGE Total flavor.
The milk and culture are set in tanks, using a slow fermentation process. The yogurt then undergoes a unique straining process which removes the watery-whey and gives FAGE Total its thick, creamy texture. Approximately 4 pounds of raw milk are needed to make one pound of FAGE Total yogurt.
FAGE Total is 100% Natural, though not organic. No added sugars, sweeteners, thickeners or preservatives. No powder milk, cream or protein, no nonsense. Just raw milk, cream and live active cultures for a naturally blissful taste experience. In line with our All Natural approach to yogurt making, our milk and cream supply comes from farmers who have pledged not to treat their cows with rBGH*.
Furthermore, all milk delivered to our plants is checked for the presence of antibiotics prior to reception and the milk is received in the plant tanks only if the test is negative.
FAGE USA Dairy Industry, Inc.
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FAGE (Pronounced Fa-yeh!)
* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown, and no test can now distinguish, between milk derived from rBGH-treated and non-rBGH-treated cows.
What do you think? Are you a yogurt eater?
I think the * information is my favorite part—do they have to put that disclaimer in? Either way, it doesn’t matter to me—I prefer my cows to be rBGH free in any format, even if it’s just for their own quality of life and the karma of the farmers!
I also want to visit their production facility. Just for fun.