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Warning: All Organic Valley Whole Milk now has "Vitamin" D added
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laura1814
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 Posted: Wed Jun 13th, 2012 22:47

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I have just discovered that Organic Valley no longer produces any regular whole milk unadulterated with "Vitamin" D.

This was my preferred brand and I know a lot of other MP'ers use it too because it is a widely-available brand in the U.S. So be warned-- and let them know that you won't be buying their milk anymore! I've posted a message on OV's Facebook wall expressing my disappointment and linking to the FDA website regs that clearly state that "Vitamin" D is optional, not required. You can also send them email (address on the Contact page of their website).

OR (just found this) you can post a comment directly on the whole milk product pages: http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/milk/whole/ultra-pasteurized-64-oz-5/ or http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/milk/whole/

See the OV website FAQ: http://www.organicvalley.coop/faq/ (Question 13: Vitamins A and D: Are vitamins added to our milk?)

They say that they still have a "shelf-stable liter of aseptic (UHT) whole milk" and "Nonfat Dry Milk powder" without Vitamin D.

As for me, the only other non-D milk available at my health food store is $4/quart and not homogenized (nor ultra-pasteurized so it probably won't keep for weeks and weeks like the OV brand). I don't think either of OV's other non-D options listed above are available at my health food store (will check of course).

I seem to recall back in the early days that someone got a non-fortified whole milk powder that they bought online and had shipped to them, but I'm having trouble finding the original info. Can anyone point me to it?

Last edited on Wed Jun 13th, 2012 23:32 by laura1814



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 Posted: Thu Jun 14th, 2012 03:28

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Laura,
This may be what you were referring to, although they won't comment on D.
http://www.americanspice.com/whole-milk-powder/
Best regards,
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 Posted: Thu Jun 14th, 2012 03:38

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Laura,
Check on Amazon.com also, there seems to be a surge of dry whole milk products that weren't available before.
Best regards,
Mike
PS I haven't a clue about the D (on their label, some report the milk is fortified), you could ask, but there is no certainty even then.

Last edited on Thu Jun 14th, 2012 09:28 by mvanwink5



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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2012 00:20

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Thanks, Mike! Yes, I've been looking at the options on Amazon. The OV products are there but they are hideously expensive ($66 for 12 quarts of the shelf-stable stuff). I am not inclined to buy from them anyway since they've reduced my choices.

There is a "full cream" powdered whole milk on Amazon called Peak brand imported from Holland that is very highly rated for flavor and texture. I haven't managed to find any info about its D content, though.

I am tempted to just say "forget milk" and start using half-and-half. I can get some locally that's unfortified. I can use it in my coffee (currently use full cream) and the occasional bowl of cereal, and in cooking.

The whole milk I bought is incredibly yummy (organic, grass-fed cows) but, my goodness! $4 a quart!! I was going to bake a cake for Sunday for my dad and myself (Father's Day and my birthday) but that suddenly became a pretty expensive cake! I guess I'll make cookies instead.



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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2012 00:41

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OMG!!! Are you kidding?! That has been my staple. I have to go down to the store straightway and see if there is any left. I am sooo dissapointed. It was expensive but I really needed it because my appetite is so crappy with this illness. It is good to have with pills. I can't find anything else that isn't D fortified. Looks like I'll be going back to watered down half/half....gaak. The other choice here is raw milk which maybe I'll get weekly. Expensive tho. Maybe the feds will come knock my door down for it (unsure whether the rumors are true).

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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2012 04:45

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Hi Laura, I use many of "Bob's Red Mill" products including their Non Fat Powdered Milk.  http://www.bobsredmill.com/ You will find milk under Baking Aids. 

I think it tastes good.  It keeps for 2 years in the cupboard and is not fortified.  Also, you can mix it as rich as you want to.
They also have a full line of Gluten Free flours and mixes.

Many smaller markets carry their products and if they don't, I ask them to, but you can get them online.

Thank you for the warning about Organic Valley, Taryn



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I just bought a 1/2 gallon of Organic Valley 'Grass Milk', with no viamin D.  But not sure the health food store is going to continue to stock this milk, as the item was on sale.  Cynthia



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 Posted: Fri Jun 15th, 2012 22:38

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I'm also dissapointed with OV - have sent them a message about that too. The shelf-stable variety is $2.70 to $3.00 in our neighborhood (per liter). That's still about $6 (per half gallon) for what used to be $3.70, before they added the D. Local pasteurized bottled milk is $5.50 for a half gallon. It's sad really.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 16th, 2012 04:47

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Thanks for the warning about Organic Valley. The last half gallon of milk I bought was on May 26 and they still had D-free whole milk (the only OV product without D) in half gallons. My market carries both plain and added-D in half gallons for $3.99. I'll have to check next time I buy to see what's happening.



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For those in Washington State and nearby pureeiredairy.com supplies no vitamin D milk to stores in Tricities, Walla Walla, and Seattle--outlets on web page.  I had to switch and the wife got some in today.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 16th, 2012 20:59

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My local Hy-Vee carries organic Hy-Vee brand that is un-enriched with D, that costs around $4.00 for a half gallon, but it is not homogenized, so any cream floats to the top and the fat can clump into little lumps of butter. And it is not ultra pasteurized, so it only keeps for about 5-6 days, unless it is frozen. They carry skim that isn't enriched with D, so that's usually what I buy. I usually pour it through a fine mesh strainer to filter out any clumps of fat, and then it is fine. If I freeze it in individual serving containers, it will keep longer. I can just get out a single serving, thaw it in the microwave or overnight in the refrigerator, pour it through my fine mesh strainer, and strain out any clumps of casein that coagulate from the freezing process. I don't know if it is just a locally available product, or if all of their stores carry it. They're only regional, from what I understand, and not a national chain, but I have seen them in surrounding states. So that might be an option for some.



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Taryn,
I ordered "Bob's Red Mill" non-fat powdered milk yesterday and received it today. I made a recipe on the package for a milk shake. I mixed in a blender, berries, powdered milk, water, ice, vanilla extract. I have to say it was better than a real milk shake made with ice cream! Finally…a healthy treat! I haven’t been able to find any milk products in my area without “D”. I’ve been using ½ N ½…well no more…Thank you for mentioning "Bob's Red Mill” powdered milk. …this is great!

Cathy
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Glad to help Kathy. :D  I like it better too!  I use a lot of their flours.  I haven't tried their dried fruits yet but I plan to. 
I have been told their Gluten Free Brownie and Pizza Dough Mixes are great too. :P



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In Washington State, USA, Twin Brook Creamery products are carried by the Haggen/Top foods chain (GillyB does not know if any other stores carry it).  They offer whole, 2%, 1%, fat free, cream and chocolate milk, and none of it is adulterated with Vit D.  It comes in glass bottles so expect to pay a deposit.

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 Posted: Sun Jun 17th, 2012 21:46

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Thanks for all the suggestions! Right now I have my fingers crossed that I'll be able to get unadulterated fresh milk from a local farmer and it won't be too expensive.

I think the Peak brand full cream powdered milk from the Netherlands is probably D-fortified. I found a description by a wholesale importer that said "fortified" anyway, and still haven't located specific nutrition facts as labeled for retail sale.

Last edited on Sun Jun 17th, 2012 22:09 by laura1814



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I live in Washington also and I went down to the farmer's market and got a gallon of local,whole, raw milk for $9.00. That is pretty expensive compared to regular milk at the supermarket but I compared that to the shelf stable OV milk and that isn't a better value. It seems this is my only avenue if I want milk.



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Sallie Q wrote:
In Washington State, USA, Twin Brook Creamery products are carried by the Haggen/Top foods chain (GillyB does not know if any other stores carry it).  They offer whole, 2%, 1%, fat free, cream and chocolate milk, and none of it is adulterated with Vit D.  It comes in glass bottles so expect to pay a deposit.

from GillyB on curemy


For you Washingtonians:

Here is their page that shows selling locations. I see only one relatively close to me.

https://www.facebook.com/TwinBrookCreamery?v=info

I'll have to check it out and see how it compares to the other raw milk I bought.

Lirazel



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cathys2007 wrote:
Taryn,
I ordered "Bob's Red Mill" non-fat powdered milk yesterday and received it today.

Cathy
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Can you tell us how it tastes just mixed up plain?


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Hi all,

I've been getting Woodstock Farms whole milk, non-D-added.  It is packaged in Dayville, CT.  Cape Cod Natural Foods in Centerville (part of Barnstable) has been carrying it alongside of Organic Valley.  It's less expensive than OV, too. :)

Hopefully retailers at least in the northeast US are able to carry this milk.

I find half and half--most brands of which seem to be non-D-added--to be a very poor substitute for milk, which now that I am no longer lactaid-intolerant, I really enjoy.  In winter I love a cup of hot cocoa (home-made, sweetened with stevia), and I like the same thing, chilled, in summer.  Now that I've given up yogurt, to avoid dumping more microbes into my pea soup, I also enjoy milk on granola--when I can find simple granola with no flax seed or other D-laden stuff added.

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Lirazel,

It’s been more than 4 years since I had a glass of milk. I felt like I was cheating when I drank it. I mixed it plain per the instructions and it tastes very close to store bought milk. What’s nice is that you can make it as thick/creamy as you like. I like it real cold so I added a few ice cubes. The powder has a long shelf life, but I’m sure it will be used before the 2 year expiration. The website that Taryn posted has a store finder. I was surprised to see that there a few stores in my town that carry it. I will be buying more!I'm very happy to have milk again.

Dody,

Check Bob's Red Mill's website for granola products. I bought a bag without "D" and flax.

Cathy :)

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