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What is rBGH? rBGH is the abbreviation for recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone. It's the generic term for a genetically engineered drug originally created by the Monsanto Corporation and sold in 2008 to a division of Eli Lilly.

It also may be referred to as recombinant Bovine Somatotropin, or rBST.

rBGH is injected into dairy cows to increase milk production by 5 to 15 percent. Only an estimated 20 percent of the cows in the United States are given this hormone after consumers rejected it from the market.

rBGH remains one of the FDA's most controversial decisions. The drug is banned in Canada, Japan, Australia and all 25 countries of the European Union. See the research on health.

rBGH prohibited at PCC

At PCC, all our fluid milk, cheese, sour cream, butter, yogurt, kefir and ice cream are produced without the use of rBGH, or any other artificial growth hormones for that matter.

See All PCC dairy products rBGH free, April 3, 2007, PCC news release

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