I think I need to take a step back first and so I can try to clarify some of the concerns you have.

Milk is still the oldest of old school. Milk has been treated the same for a long time. Pasteurization was introduced in 1862 and Health Canada made pasteurization a law in 1991, but it was legislated to be mandatory in many provinces long before that. Since then, not much has changed in the way we handle milk. All of our farms in Alberta are family owned. Their milk is picked up, graded, tested at the plant, pasteurized and fortified with vitamin D, packaged and then it hits the shelves.

The milk in Alberta (and Canada) is local. The milk you buy at your grocery store is from farms in the area. It usually takes 5 or fewer days for fluid milk to get from the farm to the grocery store.

There are no synthetic hormones in your milk. Canada is often confused with USA, in which they allow the use of rBST (the most popular synthetic hormone). It, and all synthetic hormones, are illegal for Canadian dairy farmers to use.

 I’m not sure what you mean by little nasties. Among other things, we test for bacteria and antibiotic residues. We reject any load that doesn’t meet the standards set out by the Canadian Quality Milk program. For example, we have zero tolerance for antibiotic residues and if there is a positive test, the origin of the milk is traced, the farm is fined and the milk is discarded.

So sure, we can help you find that “old school” milk that you’re looking for! Any grocery store, restaurant or corner store in Canada will have it. You can also contact a local dairy processor about the potential to have milk delivered to your home.