Debra Lynn Dadd

non organic milk in glass bottles or organic milk in plastic?

QUESTION:

I really wanted to switch my family to organic milk in glass bottles, but my only choices at my markets around me are non organic milk in glass bottles, or of course organic milk, even local organic milk, in plastic or paper cartons.

So, do I take organic milk and add the chemicals that the plastic leaches or do I take the non organic milk (assuming some pesticide residue) in the safe glass container?

POSTED BY FOUR IN FOUR YEARS :: WASHINGTON USA :: 06/02/2009 8:02 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I would call the company that produces the organic milk and ask them about their cartons. They may be using a safe plastic, such as polyethylene, which does not leach. Please contact them and write back and tell me what they say (in a comment to this post).

Personally, I would choose the organic milk. I don't drink milk, but I do use cream. I buy grass-fed cream in paper cartons. We don't have it here in glass. But whenever I have the option, I buy the glass.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

Hi Debra, your site is wonderful and wonderfully informative.

However, I have posted before when in error you state that certain plastics are safe and do not leach.

They probably all leach and recent research indicates they all have hormone disrupters.

There is more new evidence--for instance about polyethylene which you say is safe:

The Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany has found traces of hormone mimicking pollutants akin to estrogen (female sex hormones) in PET bottles (polyethylene terephthalate). There is further concern that perhaps there may also be specific inherent plasticisers that not only mimic estrogen but block androgens (male sex hormones like testosterone). Source: Environmental Science and Technology, April 8, 2009

Please in the future note that most likely all plastics leach hormone mimics. It's the nature of the polymer and the way they're made. Perhaps some are more potent than others. We just don't know yet.


In general it's best to store food in glass and certainly buy milk in glass when you can. If it's a solid food slice off the parts that were exposed to the plastic (such as cheese).

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Thanks for posting this new study. I've always said glass is best.


POSTED BY JENBOOKS :: NEW YORK USA :: 06/03/2009 7:34 AM


Hello. We enjoy non-homogenized organic milk with cream at the top that we have been getting at Whole Foods in glass bottles. Recently we discoved non-homogenized organic milk with cream at the top at Trader Joe's at a significantly lower price, but in plastic bottles. Since we prefer to use glass we just sterilize a used empty glass milk bottle and transfer the Trader Joe's milk to it as soon as we get it home. Of course, this doesn't eliminate the time the milk was in the plastic bottle, but we feel it helps. This might be a workable alternative for your situation.

POSTED BY ROBIN :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 06/03/2009 7:37 AM


Late to the converssation I know but why would anyone concerned enough to buy organic milk or raw milk buy it in plastic? More than 100 dairy producers provide quality milk in glass bottles across the nation. I have visited many of these dairies and find exemplary sanitation. Why aren't they organic-probably can't verify that the source for their forage is totally organic. Look for grass fed or Grass to Glass dairies for an excellent pure product.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Just FYI, organic milk is not sold in glass bottles where I live in central Florida, but I agree with you. When I lived in San Francisco, I always bought cream in glass.


POSTED BY JAY RADKE :: ILLINOIS USA :: 11/27/2009 4:50 PM


I'm just curious, do milk cartons have plastic in them that touches the food?

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Yes, milk cartons have a plastic coating on the inside.


POSTED BY KAREN BARTH :: MASSACHUSETTS USA :: 12/03/2009 10:56 AM


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