All Organic Meadow products are certified organic which means, by definition, they are always free of Genetically Modified Organisms. Under the Canadian Organic Standards, the use of GMO’s is not permitted. This means that the ingredients in our products and the food that we give our animals are not grown from GMO seed or produced with GMO products.
All Organic Meadow products are gluten-free, except for kefir and ice cream. Our kefir grains are grown in a facility where barley is used as a fermentation nutrient, while our ice cream is produced in a facility where gluten is present.
Under Canadian Organic Standards, on an organic dairy farm, a minimum of 60% of cows’ diet must come from pasture and dried forage. The exact percentage of grass varies depending on the individual farm, season and nutritional needs of the cow. The cows are free roaming on grassy pastures during the warm months starting as soon as the grass has grown long enough for the cows to eat. This period, typically from mid-late May until late October, is often referred to as ‘Pasture Season’. In the winter, the cows still go outside (weather permitting) as it is required within the Canadian Organic Regime that cows have outdoor access year-round. Weather conditions and other factors can make it impossible for many of our farmers to grow and store enough top-quality forage to meet the needs of their cows all year long without the option of grain. In these circumstances, our farmers choose from a variety of organic grains, including oats, barley, peas, corn, and soybeans, to supplement the cows' diet and to make sure they stay healthy. Any grains that the cows are supplemented with come from 100% certified organic sources and often come directly from the same farm. The grains are GMO free.
All Organic Meadow Kefir and Yogurt products are made with live, active bacterial cultures. Our organic kefir is proudly made with 10 bacterial cultures and contains over 2 billion active cultures per 250mL serving. Our organic yogurt is made with 4 active bacterial cultures and our organic Greek yogurt is made with 2 active bacterial cultures, each providing more than 1 billion probiotic bacteria per serving.
We recognize that some people have a hard time digesting lactose, which is the natural sugar that is present in all cows’ milk. As such, we are proud to offer Canada’s first (and only) organic 2% lactose-free milk & yogurt products. To make it, we take our organic milk and add a natural enzyme called lactase which breaks down the lactose into easily digestible sugars, glucose and lactose. The lactase enzyme is permitted under the Canadian Organic Standards and is non-GMO. Additionally, all of our aged cheeses (excluding marble) are 100% lactose-free.
High Temperature Short Time (or HTST as it is known in the industry) is a common method of pasteurization. Using this traditional method, milk is heated to a minimum temperature of 72°C and held for a minimum of 16 seconds. The milk is pasteurized to kill any pathogenic bacteria that may be present. For our pasteurized HTST milk, it is common to find a date code between 22 to 24 days from the date of manufacture. This ensures a fresh, wholesome dairy product.
We cannot recommend consuming any milk product past the best before date. We guarantee its freshness up to the best before date if unopened. Once opened, a milk product is freshest tasting within 7 days.
Yes. Our aged cheddar cheeses are made from unpasteurized, heat-treated milk. Under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations, cheese made from unpasteurized milk must be aged for a minimum of 60 days to ensure that all the natural cultures eliminate any undesirable bacteria. Our aged cheddars are aged a minimum of 3-12 months, far longer than the minimum requirement.
The reason we do not put an expiry date on our butter is because it is depends on how the butter is stored - refrigerated or frozen. As such, the date coding shown on the butter refers to its date of production. The butter leaves the processing plant frozen. Once it gets to the stores it is up to the individual retailer how they want it stored (fridge or freezer).
Here is how to read the code on the butter:
Look at the first of two rows of numbers stamped on one of the sides of the butter package.
An example is C00912.
C stands for Culture. If it were salted butter it would start with an S.
009 represents the 9th day of the year, which is January 9th.
12 is the year.
This production date is January 09, 2012.
The estimated shelf life if kept in the fridge is 4 months. The estimated shelf life if kept frozen is 10-12 months.
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