Starbucks said to be going rBGH-free

SEATTLE Starbucks Corp. pledged today to rid the milk and dairy products served in its cafes of recombinant bovine growth hormone, a synthetic compound injected into cows to increase their milk output, according to media reports.

The 8,500-unit coffee chain has been under pressure from bloggers and activists to discontinue its use of milk or other products containing the hormone, which is commonly known as rBGH. Last summer an alliance of 30 activist groups

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