Dairy Report: a2 Nationally Distribution; PFAS Testing

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After a dairy in New Mexico became contaminated with chemicals from an Air Force base testing will begin at other bases, while a2 Milk has achieved national distribution. For more on these stories watch the AgDay video above or read the following news brief links.

a2 Milk Reaches National Distribution Marketing to 12,400 Stores

The addition of Kroger and Albertsons/Safeway grocery stores has helped a2 Milk Company reach national distribution across the U.S., and gets the product in more than 12,400 retail stores total.

PFAS Testing to Start at Several Air Force Bases

A case of contamination on a New Mexico dairy is forcing the farm to euthanize 4,000 cows that have the toxic chemical per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) flowing through their blood and milk. Art Schaap, owner of Highland Dairy in Clovis, New Mexico, has been dumping 15,000 gallons of milk each day and has let his 40 employees go since the discovery of PFAS in his groundwater wells. The water was contaminated by flame retardant used in drills at nearby Cannon Air Force base.

The case has revealed that numerous other military bases might have also contaminated water sources and is leading to an investigation by the Center of Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has selected eight military bases to see how PFAS can contaminate people.

For more on the topic of PFAS read the following stories: