DuPont Nutrition & Health, Copenhagen, Denmark, said that all the dairy components for producing cultures will be obtained from rBST-free sources moving forward. The company has identified reliable local sources and backup supply for rBST-free ingredients, as well as ensured certification from all suppliers.

Consumers are becoming more demanding regarding ingredients, and the desire for rBST-free dairy products is part of a broader trend toward clean-label food and fewer artificial ingredients, DuPont said. While rBST-free had been widely available in Europe, the company has now made this possible for North America through local options.

FDA has ruled that there is no significant difference between milk from cows treated with rBST and milk from cows that are not; however, the decision to remove rBST was made in response to global consumer preference, the company said.