Calling on All Organic Dairy Farmers and Consumers – Help Us Identify Fraudulent Factory Farms!

May 11th, 2017

Help us determine where all the major brands are sourcing their milk by submitting your milk carton’s plant code.

You may have heard the buzz surrounding The Washington Post’s scathing investigative report Why Your ‘Organic’ Milk May Not Be Organic. Due to the exposure of the Aurora Dairy scandal, we’re sure you will agree that organic dairy is at a crossroads — help us identify the trustworthy brands!

National retailers or distributors, marketing “private label” brands (also called “store brands”), change their sourcing frequently or may have different suppliers for different regions of the country.

The plant code is circled above

We need information about store brand milk. You can help us shape transparency in the marketplace with your personal investigation. Plant codes found on milk containers can give the organic community information about the source of our organic milk.

Send us your plant codes today!

  1. Please visit grocery stores, big-box retailers (Walmart, Target, Costco, etc.) and write down the plant codes (organic brands only).

Codes are usually printed near the top of the paper container and somewhere on the lids of gallon containers. Sometimes they’re printed right on the label. Write down all the numbers, but we are most interested in numbers configured similarly to Aurora Dairy’s 08-29 (could appear as 08 29). For more on finding the code, click here.

  1. Email cultivate@cornucopia.org the following:
  • The brand of organic milk
  • Store purchased from (such as Safeway, Whole Foods, Target, WalMart, etc.)
  • Your city and state
  • The plant code

Your identity will always be held in strict confidence!

The information you submit will be used in Cornucopia’s ongoing investigations and help us expose the brands that want to hide their activities from caring consumers that invest in organics for their families, for their health, for the environment, to treat cows more respectfully, and to support the very best organic family farmers.

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