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|Group Calling for Federal Ban on Hormone-Contained Milk
|A nationwide group is asking U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and others to reform laws that allow milk containing hormones in schools.
The group recently delivered petitions to Durbin's Chicago office. Dan Cannon with the Washington-based group Food and Water Watch says recombinant bovine growth hormones are poisoning children.
"RBGH is linked to colon, breast and prostate cancer," Cannon said. "It's been banned by the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan...the U.S. Is the only [industrialized] country that is using rBGH currently."
RGBH is a synthetic hormone some dairies inject into their cows to make them produce more milk, but some concerns have been raised about the potential link to cancer in humans.
Sandy Noel, a teacher with Oak Park School District 97, says the school districts should be making better choices. "The parents really depend on the schools to do what's best for the children and once we know what the best choices are I feel that we should make them," Noel said.
Gerline Kormmesser of Glenview has and 8-year-old at a school in District 34. She says she was outraged to learn that the school served milk containing the hormone. She says when companies such as Wal-Mart don't carry milk containing rBGH, it should serve as a message to school districts.
Food and Water Watch is asking Durbin to include language in the Child Nutrition Act that gives schools a clear choice to buy milk free from rBGH. The act is up for reauthorization this year.
Some schools have already banned milk containing rBGH.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|04 10 09 by Newsroom
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