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What is the pH level of milk?

Milk has a pH level between 6.4 and 6.7.

Are Farmers milk cartons recyclable?

Yes, all Farmers fluid milk packaging is 100% recyclable. As part of our commitment to the community and environmental concerns, we are continually working to ensure that such packaging is compliant with provincial recycling regulations. All Farmers recyclable packaging displays the “Recyclable where applicable / Recyclable où prescrit” symbol.

What foods (besides dairy products) can give me the calcium I need?

Without milk and dairy products in your diet, it is difficult for you to meet your body’s daily calcium requirements. To obtain the same amount of calcium found in one serving (250 mL) of milk you would have to eat more than 7 ½ cups of spinach, 4 cups of broccoli, 11 ½ cups of red kidney beans, 32 cups of soy beverage, or 12 slices of whole wheat bread.

Questions about Milk

Why are Farmers Calcium Plus Milk products labelled as ‘milk beverages’?

Regulations surrounding the declaration of milk products are very specific, therefore when you add something to milk it can no longer be labelled as ‘milk.’ In all the Farmers Calcium Plus products, we add extra calcium, which means that we must label the product as a milk beverage.

Is it true that Farmers Skim Milk does not last as long after its ‘best before’ date as Farmers 2% M.F. Partly Skimmed Milk?

Skim Milk has a milk fat level of 0, which means that it cannot mask changes in the flavour profile. Therefore, it may appear to be spoiling sooner, when in fact the 2% may also be starting to spoil, but it is not detected in the flavour because of the 2% milk fat content.

What does 'partly skimmed milk' mean?

Partly skimmed milk is milk that has had some of the milk fat physically removed from the product. Farmers 2%, 1% and 0.5% milk are examples of partly skimmed milk products.

Is Farmers Chocolate Milk good for you?

YES! One cup of Farmers Chocolate Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, as well as the other essential nutrients found in milk.

How much calcium does one serving of Farmers Milk have?

One serving of Farmers Milk, defined as 250 mL (or 1 cup), contains 30% of your recommended daily intake of calcium.

How much calcium does one serving of Farmers Calcium Plus product have?

One serving of Farmers Calcium Plus product, defined as 250 mL (1 cup), contains 40% of your recommended daily intake of calcium.

Questions about Homogenization

What is Homogenization?
Homogenization means that milk fat globules are physically broken up by specialized equipment into very small particles. This process keeps the fat evenly distributed throughout the milk and prevents it from floating up to the top of the container. All Farmers milk products are homogenized during processing.

Health-Related Questions

Where can I find nutritional information on my favourite Farmers products?

Nutritional information for all Farmers products is available directly on the package in an easy-to-read, standardized (and bilingual) Nutrition Facts Table. Otherwise, you can access the information from our website in the ‘Products’ section.

Is calcium important?

Yes, calcium not only helps to strengthen your bones and control blood pressure, but virtually every cell in your body (including those in your heart, nerves and muscles) relies on calcium to function properly. If your body is not receiving enough calcium, your blood will “steal” the calcium from your bones to help it maintain the levels it needs for other areas to function properly.

Does the calcium found in fruits and vegetables provide as much nutritional benefit to my body as that found in dairy products?

For your body to reap the benefits of calcium in your diet, it must be able to absorb and use it. Generally speaking, the body is not able to adequately absorb the small amount of calcium found in fruits and vegetables. This is because most of those types of foods naturally contain substances such as oxalate, phytate and fibre that bind calcium and interfere with its absorption. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium—and milk is high in vitamin D.

Questions about Allergies

Can I still enjoy Farmers fluid milk products if I am lactose intolerant?

YES! Did you know that Farmers is the manufacturer and distributor of the Lacteeze brand of products for Atlantic Canada?

What makes lactose-free milk products different from regular milk products?

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, which is the predominant sugar in milk. In lactose-free products, the lactose is converted into two simple sugars that the body of someone with lactose intolerance can easily digest. Thus, they can still enjoy the same milk product without the discomfort.

Questions about Pasteurization

What is pasteurization and does it affect the nutrient composition of milk?

Pasteurization is a process that involves heating milk to temperatures high enough to kill harmful bacteria that cause diseases and does not involve the use of any additives whatsoever. Pasteurization not only makes milk safe to drink, but it also increases the time it can be kept before it spoils. The nutrient loss associated with pasteurization is so small that it is considered insignificant.