Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is rBST?
A: rBST or rBGH is the synthetic version of the naturally occurring bovine growth hormone in milk. The synthetic version is given to cows so that they convert more of their feed into milk.
Q: Is rBST free milk different from milk that contains rBST?
A: Guida's is offering "No Added Growth Hormones" milk and fresh cream to its customers and consumers even though the FDA has concluded that there is no significant difference between the milk received from cows treated with (rBST) and those that are untreated.
Q: Does Guida's Dairy milk contain antibiotics?
A: Every tanker load of raw milk received by Guida's is screened for the presence of antibiotics before unloading. The milk from one antibiotic positive cow is enough to trigger a detectable positive test result and cause the load of raw milk to be discarded.
Q: Is your milk Kosher?
A: All milk items manufactured in our New Britain, CT facility are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union and carry the circle U or circle U D symbol. The D signifies that the product contains dairy ingredients which is important to the orthodox population since milk and meat products are not to be handled or eaten using the same dishes or utensils.
Q: Why is milk good for me?
Milk contains 9 of the vitamins and minerals that are vital to development.
1. Calcium-for strong bones, nerve function, muscle contraction and blood clotting.
2. Protein-important for brain development and tissue growth.
3. Vitamin A-for normal vision and immune system health.
4. Vitamin B-12-essential for nervous system health and blood formation.
5. Vitamin D-promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, influences bone mineralization and bone strength.
6. Potassium-regulates the body’s fluid balance and blood pressure.
7. Phosphorous- helps generate energy in the body’s cells.
8. Niacin- Keeps enzymes functioning.
9. Riboflavin-Vital to nervous system development
Q: How does Guida’s Dairy ensure that our products do not contain antibiotics?
A: Cows are treated with antibiotics to address infections such as Mastitis or inflammation of the mammary glands. Cows that are treated must not be milked for consumption until tests indicate that the animals milk is clear of antibiotics. This treatment is conducted under the supervision of a Veterinarian. Every load of raw milk received by Guida’s is screened for the presence of antibiotics before unloading. Typically 0.006% of tests are positive or 8 out of 12,000 annually. Note: The testing is sensitive to 5 parts per billion. The milk from one antibiotic positive cow is enough to trigger a detectable positive.
Q: Where does Guida’s Dairy milk come from?
A: Guida’s Dairy prides itself on being a supplier of local products and does its utmost to purchase locally. Up to 81% of our milk comes from Connecticut or within 50 miles of our facility. The remainder is purchased from the surrounding New England states.
Q: What is Homogenization?
A: Homogenization is a process which reduces the size of fat molecules and disperses the fat evenly so that the natural process of fat separation from the aqueous (water based or skim) fraction does not occur during the shelf-life of the product. Prior to the development of the homogenization process one would see the formation of a cream line or plug at the top of the containers as noted in the old days in the glass bottles. Homogenization is accomplished by passing the product thru a small opening under high pressure which shears the fat molecules to a very small size.
Q: What is Pasteurization?
A: Pasteurization is a flash heating process which is designed to kill pathogenic bacteria in milk products. It is not a sterilization process. The application of excessive heat will denature the product and radically change its flavor.
Q: What is the difference between Fat Free, Skim and Non Fat Milk products?
A: The terms are considered all interchangeable per F.D.A. standards. In order to qualify for these terms the product must have less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving.
Q: Why does Guida’s Dairy skim milk taste better than the other brands?
A: Unlike our competitors that use heat to extract the fat from milk, Guida’s Dairy carefully processes our skim products using a special cold bowl separating process. This gives our products a better body, color and flavor. Try them side by side for yourself.
Q: Why is there sugar in milk products and where does it come from?
A: Milk sugar or Lactose is a natural component of all cow’s milk. 12 grams of Carbohydrates are typically present in a serving of milk or 4% of the recommended daily allowance (R.D.A.). No sugar or carbohydrates are added to milk products unless specifically associated with a flavor such as Chocolate or Strawberry flavored products or labeled as Sweetened. Any added sweetener must be listed in the ingredient line.