Horizon and their sister company Aurora Organics have been cutting corners by not following true organic standards. They continue to produce milk under factory-farm conditions which are against organic regulations. Also, instead of buying organically raised calves, they purchase calves born and raised on conventional farms.
These so called organic cows are being fed a diet of genetically modified grains, slaughterhouse waste (ground up pigs, chickens, dogs and cats) and chicken manure. It is too expensive to wean a baby calve on milk, so they have switched to weaning them on the blood of other animals.
This has ultimately led to the Organic Consumers Association to call for a boycott against Horizon and Aurora Organics. This is monumental because they have never called for a boycott on any other product in the past.
..... click link to read more- http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/220290/horizon_organic_milk_is_not_so_organic.html?cat=5
(NaturalNews) The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) recently added five additional brands to its three-month boycott of "fake" organic products it says are knowingly mislabeled as "USDA organic."
In April 2006, the OCA launched a boycott against two big-name distributors of organic dairy products -- Horizon and Aurora -- claiming, "All of Aurora's and much or Horizon's 'organic' milk is coming from factory farm feedlots where the cows have been brought in from conventional farms and have little or no access to pasture." Since April, the OCA says thousands of consumers, natural food stores and co-ops have joined the boycott.
..... click link to read more- http://www.naturalnews.com/019806.html
From Sustainable Food News
A group of small dairy farmers in the southeast U.S. have filed a lawsuit against Dean Foods Co., the largest milk distributor in the country, accusing the company of price fixing.
..... click link to read more- http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_6108.cfm
There is so much more where these came from, do your own search and be prepared to be appalled.
I guess the fact that it's not really organic and corrupt would go here as a 'known issues"? Dean Foods is labled as "Ethically Deficient" by well known and established The Cornucopia Institute. (http://cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html)