Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

No Artificial Growth Hormones

    Artificial Growth Hormones

  • Q. Does Memory Lane Dairy use milk from cows treated with rbST?

    A. No. Memory Lane Dairy milk is free of artificial growth hormones. While the FDA has found no significant difference between milk from cows treated with rbST artificial growth hormones and those not treated with such hormones, Memory Lane Dairy's supply farms do not treat their cows with any artificial growth hormones.

  • Q. What is rbST?

    A. rbST stands for "Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin." It is a genetically engineered artificial growth hormone drug also known as rbGH, and it was approved by the FDA in 1993. It is injected by some dairies into cows to increase milk production, typically by 5 to 15 percent. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of American cows are injected with rbST.

  • Q. What is the FDA's stance on rbST?

    A. Before the 1993 approval of rbST, the FDA determined that the recombinant, or genetically engineered form of rbST, is virtually identical to a cow's natural somatotropin, which is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland that stimulates the production of milk. During that rbST approval process, the FDA concluded that there is no significant difference between milk from treated and untreated cows. For that reason, the FDA also concluded that it does not have the authority to require special labeling for milk and dairy products from rbST-treated cows, and that producers have no basis for claiming that milk from cows not treated with rbST is safer than milk from rbST-treated cows.

  • Q. Are antibiotics present in the milk supplied to Memory Lane Dairy?

    A. No. Memory Lane Dairy tests all milk for antibiotics prior to accepting it for delivery.

  • Product Quality

  • Q. How can I preserve the freshness, flavor and quality of Memory Lane Dairy milk?

    A. All Memory Lane Dairy milk is packaged in glass bottles to preserve the fresh taste and cold temperature of our all-natural high-quality milk. Keep your milk in these glass containers until empty. Store milk with the lid tightly closed in the refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less (preferably below 35 degrees) as soon as possible after purchase. We recommend keeping a small Styrofoam cooler in the trunk of your car during the warm summer months to protect the milk during transport from the store to your home. Avoid storing milk in the door of your refrigerator. Do not return unused milk to the container.

  • Q. What do the dates on the caps mean?

    A. Open dating is the date on the milk cap that indicates when the milk is meant to be sold by. It is used by the dairy industry to indicate the age of individual containers of milk and does not reflect the shelf life of the milk. Generally, proper care ensures freshness of the milk for a few days beyond its "sell by" date.

  • Q. Does Memory Lane Dairy milk contain any artificial ingredients?

    A. Memory Lane Dairy milk is made with the highest-quality, natural milk straight from artificial hormone-free cows. Some of our flavored milk products contain artificial ingredients to enhance the flavor and color. Click here to see a list of ingredients and nutritional information for all of our flavored milk products.

  • Q. Which of Memory Lane Dairy's milk products are gluten-free?

    A. For our customers who have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, our gluten-free products are a healthy alternative. Our cream line, homogenized whole, reduced and low-fat, as well as our flavored milks, are all gluten-free.

  • Q. Can I drink Memory Lane Dairy milk after the due date on the container?

    A. If properly refrigerated, milk generally stays fresh for several days after the "sell by" date.

  • Q. Where does Memory Lane Dairy get its milk?

    A. All Memory Lane Dairy milk is from local family farms within a 50-mile radius from the Fordland, Missouri plant. It is distributed by Hiland Dairy to leading grocery stores throughout southwest Missouri.

  • Q. Can I freeze Memory Lane Dairy milk?

    A. Freezing of milk is not recommended.

  • Q. Where can I buy Memory Lane Dairy milk?

    A. Look for Memory Lane Dairy milk at our store located just east of Fordland, Missouri or in leading grocery stores in southwest Missouri.

  • Q. Are Memory Lane Dairy glass milk containers recyclable?

    A. Yes! Glass bottles are recyclable. Contact your local waste management provider to find out where and how you can recycle your used Memory Lane Dairy glass milk bottles.

  • Q. How can I purchase Memory Lane Dairy milk if I live outside of your distribution area?

    A. Unfortunately, we cannot currently ship Memory Lane Dairy milk outside of our existing distribution area.

  • Business Inquiries

  • Q. Will Memory Lane Dairy make a delivery to my small business?

    A. Please contact Memory Lane Dairy to discuss the possibility of delivery of our high-quality, all-natural, great-tasting milk to your business.

  • Q. What should I do if my milk delivery did not arrive?

    A. Contact Memory Lane Dairy right away to find out where your delivery is and when you can expect to receive it.

  • Employment

  • Q. Can I apply for employment online?

    A. Unfortunately, Memory Lane Dairy is not able to accept online applications for employment at this time. Applications are accepted only if there is a current job opening.

  • Q. What positions is Memory Lane Dairy hiring for?

    A. There are currently no openings for employment at Memory Lane Dairy.