As of Sept. 1, the largest dairy cooperative based in the Southeast will not market milk from cows treated with recombinant bovine somatotropin.

The Board of Directors of Southeast Milk, Inc., made the decision last week upon learning that three of their customers want milk from cows not treated with rBST. (The largest customer, Publix Super Markets, made its announcement two weeks ago.)  Co-op members will be asked to sign affidavits that they are not using rBST.

Regarding members who want to continue using rBST, Southeast Milk says it will make “every effort” to find a plant to receive their milk. Yet, they will have to pay a handling charge, including transportation.