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Organic Dairies: Whose Side Are They On?

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Some of the leading producers of organic dairy products belong to an association that is fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent you from knowing if your food contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In mid-June, four groups, including the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) filed suit against the state of Vermont in an effort to overturn Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law.

As it turns out, some of the leading organic dairy companies, including Stonyfield, Organic Valley, Aurora Organic and White Wave/Horizon Organic are members of the IDFA—which not only joined in the lawsuit against Vermont, but publicly supports a federal bill, introduced in April, that would prevent any state from passing a mandatory GMO labeling law.

The OCA called on the leading organic dairy companies to withdraw from the IDFA. They responded by stating that they would not do that, but that they had “collectively and formally protested” the IDFA’s decision to join in the lawsuit against Vermont and were in “continued discussions” with the association regarding reversing that decision.

They also stated that while they had contributed money and resources to pass Vermont’s GMO labeling law, they believe that “one national labeling standard” is preferable to “different state standards.”

The OCA has asked the dairy companies to publicly state their opposition to the IDFA’s role in the lawsuit against Vermont, and to clarify their position on a national labeling standard by publicly supporting a federal mandatory (not voluntary) GMO labeling law, such as the Boxer-DeFazio Bill.

So far, they have not responded to those requests.

Below is a complete list (as of July 22, 2014) of IDFA members, including a number of companies that sell organic dairy products.

IDFA Dairy Foods Companies

The A2 Milk Company Limited - North Sydney, NSW 2059, Australia
Abbott Nutrition - Columbus, OH
Agropur Cooperative - Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Alouette Cheese USA LLC - New Holland, PA
Alpenrose Dairy, Inc. - Portland, OR
Alpina Foods Inc. - Miami, FL
Anderson Erickson Dairy Company - Des Moines, IA
Arla Foods, Inc. - Basking Ridge, NJ
Arthur Schuman, Inc. - Fairfield, NJ
Asael Farr & Sons Company - Salt Lake City, UT
Atalanta Corporation - Elizabeth, NJ
Atlanta Dairy - Atlanta, GA
Aurora Organic Dairy - Boulder, CO
Baker Cheese, Inc. - St. Cloud, WI
Barbados Dairy Industries Ltd. - St. Michael, Barbados
Bel Brands USA, Inc. - Chicago, IL
BelGioioso Cheese, Inc. - Green Bay, WI
Bermuda Creamery Ltd. - Devonshire, DVBX, Bermuda
BGC Manufacturing Dairy Plant - Tyler, TX
Bliss Bros. Dairy, Inc. - Attleboro, MA
Blue Bell Creameries, L.P. - Brenham, TX
Bongrain International - Mahwah, NJ
Bongrain of the Americas - New Holland, PA
Borden Dairy Company - Dallas, TX
Brewster Dairy, Inc. - Brewster, OH
Cabot/McCadam - Lawrence, MA
California Dairies, Inc. - Visalia, CA
California Natural Products - Lathrop, CA
Carl Colteryahn Dairy, Inc. - Pittsburgh, PA
Cedar Crest Specialties, Inc. - Cedarburg, WI
C.F. Burger Creamery Company - Detroit, MI
Chester Dairy Company - Chester, IL
Chobani, Inc. - Norwich, NY
Clover Stornetta Farms, Inc. - Petaluma, CA
Cloverland Farms Dairy - Baltimore, MD
Commonwealth Dairy LLC - Brattleboro, VT
ConAgra Foods Inc. - Omaha, NE
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
Cream-O-Land Dairy, Inc. - Florence, NJ
Crescent Creamery, Inc. - Pittsfield, MA
Crystal Farms - Minnetonka, MN
Cumberland Dairy Inc. - Rosenhayn, NJ
Dairy Enterprises Inc. - Orrville, OH
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. - Kansas City, MO
Dairyfood USA, Inc. - Blue Mounds, WI
The Dannon Company, Inc. - White Plains, NY
Darigold, Inc. - Seattle, WA
Davisco Foods International, Inc. - Le Sueur, MN
Dean Foods Company - Dallas, TX
Dippin' Dots LLC - Paducah, KY
Emmi-Roth Kase USA - Monroe, WI
Fonterra (USA) Inc. - Rosemont, IL
Foremost Farms USA - Baraboo, WI
Franklin Foods Inc. - Delray Beach, FL
Freshens Quality Brands - Atlanta, GA
Friendly Ice Cream, LLC - Wilbraham, MA
FrieslandCampina Ingredients North America, Inc. - Paramus, NJ
Galliker Dairy Company - Johnstown, PA
Galloway Company - Neenah, WI
Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Gehl Foods, Inc. - Germantown, WI
GFA Brands Inc. - Paramus, NJ
Gifford's Dairy Inc. - Skowhegan, ME
Glanbia Foods Inc. - Twin Falls, ID
Glanbia USA - Evanston, IL
Global Foods International - Schiller Park, IL
GoodWest Industries - Douglassville, PA
Gossner Foods, Inc. - Logan, UT
Graeter's Manufacturing Co. - Cincinnati, OH
Grande Cheese Company - Brownsville, WI
Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc. - Hiram, OH
Guggisberg Cheese Inc. - Millersburg, OH
Guida's Dairy - New Britain, CT
H-E-B - San Antonio, TX
Heluva Good - Sodus, NY
Hershey Creamery Company - Harrisburg, PA
Hiland Dairy Foods - Springfield, MO
Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. - Hilmar, CA
Holmes Cheese Co. - Millersburg, OH
HP Hood LLC - Lynnfield, MA
Hudsonville Creamery & Ice Cream Co., LLC. - Holland, MI
Hunter Farms/Harris Teeter - High Point, NC
Hunter, Walton & Co., Inc. - Piscataway, NJ
ICCO Cheese Co., Inc. - Orangeburg, NY
The Ice Cream Club, Inc. - Boynton Beach, FL
International Dairy Queen, Inc. - Edina, MN
It's It Ice Cream Company - Burlingame, CA
The J.M. Smucker Company - Orrville, OH
J.V.M. Sales Corporation - Linden, NJ
Jack & Jill D.S.D. - Moorestown, NJ
Jana Foods LLC - Iselin, NJ
Jasper Products LLC - Joplin, MO
Joseph Gallo Farms - Atwater, CA
Kemps LLC - St. Paul, MN
Klinke Brothers Ice Cream Company - Memphis, TN
Klondike Cheese Co. - Monroe, WI
Kraft Foods Group, Inc. - Northfield, IL
The Kroger Co. - Cincinnati, OH
Kwik Trip, Inc. - La Crosse, WI
Lactalis American Group - Buffalo, NY
Leprino Foods Company - Denver, CO
Lifeway Foods, Inc. - Morton Grove, IL
Lotito Foods Inc. - Edison, NJ
Marathon Cheese Corporation - Marathon, WI
Mars Chocolate North America - Hackettstown, NJ
Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc. - Reston, VA
Masters Gallery Foods, Incorporated - Plymouth, WI
MCT Dairies, Inc. - Millburn, NJ
Meadowvale, Inc. - Yorkville, IL
Meister Cheese Co. - Muscoda, WI
Miceli Dairy Products - Cleveland, OH
Midland Farms Inc. - Colonie, NY
Milkco, Inc. - Asheville, NC
Milkiland N.V. - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Muller Quaker Dairy LLC - Chicago, IL
Muller-Pinehurst Dairy, Inc. - Rockford, IL
Nestle USA, Inc. - HQ - Glendale, CA
O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc. - Batavia, NY
Oakhurst Dairy - Portland, ME
Oberweis Dairy, Inc. - North Aurora, IL
Old Home Foods, Inc. - New Brighton, MN
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative - La Farge, WI
Original Herkimer County Cheese Company, Inc. - Herkimer, NY
Pacific Cheese Co., Inc. - Hayward, CA
Perry's Ice Cream Company, Inc. - Akron, NY
Pierre's Ice Cream Company - Cleveland, OH
Plains Dairy, L.L.C. - Amarillo, TX
Potomac Farms Dairy, Inc. - Cumberland, MD
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. - Carlinville, IL
Proclaim Nutrition dba FitPro™ - Sartell, MN
Producers Dairy Foods, Inc. - Fresno, CA
Publix Super Markets, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Queensboro Farm Products, Inc. - Jamaica, NY
Readington Farms, Inc. - Whitehouse, NJ
Reed's Dairy, Inc. - Idaho Falls, ID
Rhino Foods, Inc. - Burlington, VT
Rich Dairy Products, Inc. - Marshfield, MA
Rich Ice Cream Company - West Palm Beach, FL
Royal Crest Dairy, Inc. - Denver, CO
Rutter's Dairy, Inc. - York, PA
Safeway Inc. - Pleasanton, CA
Saputo Cheese USA Inc. - Lincolnshire, IL
Saputo Dairy Foods USA - Dallas, TX
Saputo inc. - Saint-Leonard, Quebec, Canada
Sargento Foods Inc. - Plymouth, WI
Sartori Company - Plymouth, WI
Schneider's Dairy, Inc. - Pittsburgh, PA
Schneider-Valley Farms, Inc. - Williamsport, PA
Schoep's Ice Cream Co., Inc. - Madison, WI
Schreiber Foods, Inc. - Green Bay, WI
The Schwan Food Company - Marshall, MN
Shamrock Foods Company - Phoenix, AZ
Skyland Foods - Washington, DC
Smith Dairy Products Co. - Orrville, OH
Southeast Milk, Inc. - Belleview, FL
Stewart's Processing Corp. - Saratoga Springs, NY
Stonyfield Farm - Londonderry, NH
Sugar Creek Foods International Inc. - Russellville, AR
Suiza Dairy - San Juan, PR
Super Store Industries - Stockton, CA
Tillamook County Creamery Association - Tillamook, OR
Turkey Hill Dairy, Inc. - Conestoga, PA
Turner Dairy Farms, Inc. - Penn Hills, PA
Unified Grocers, Inc. - Commerce, CA
Unilever Ice Cream - N.A. - Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. - Buffalo, NY
Vadilal Industries Ltd. - Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380 009, India
Valio USA Finlandia Cheese Division - Parsippany, NJ
Valio USA Healthy Dairy Division - Parsippany, NJ
Valley Crest Foods - Lake Forest, IL
Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc. - Milbank, SD
Velvet Ice Cream Company, Inc. - Utica, OH
Wapsie Valley Creamery, Inc. - Independence, IA
Wawa Beverage Company - Wawa, PA
Weis Markets, Inc. - Sunbury, PA
Wells Enterprises, Inc. - Le Mars, IA
The WhiteWave Foods Company - Broomfield, CO
Whitey's Ice Cream, Inc. - Moline, IL
Winona Foods - Green Bay, WI
Wiscon Corporation - Melrose Park, IL
Wohlt Cheese Corporation - New London, WI
Yakult U.S.A. Inc. - Fountain Valley, CA
Yancey's Fancy Inc. - Corfu, NY
Yarnell Operations, LLC - Chicago, IL
Yasso, Inc. - Boston, MA
The YoCrunch Company - Rosemont, IL
Yoplait-USA - Minneapolis, MN