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Milkio Organic Ghee

Milkio Foods Limited is based in New Zealand and involve in manufacturing Ghee. Ghee (clarified butter/ghee butter) the liquid gold, is an ancient dairy product originated in Indian subcontinent centuries ago. It is traditionally prepared by simmering cow milk butter and pouring the pure liquid milk fat while discarding the residues. 

It is an excellent aromatic substitute of cooking oil or regular butter.

Moreover, apart from its excellent taste, aroma and versatility, it is well-known for several health benefits on regular consumption. Organic Ghee is derived from the milk comes from organically or pasture raised cows. 

Since the 1990’s the dairy industry has seen a paradigm shift from conventional to organic dairying practice. Due to the increased consumer’s awareness about organic dairy products, as the use of various synthetic input in conventional dairying to maximize yields poses threats to the environment and health.

On the other hand, several nutritional improvements, like, enhanced fatty acids profile, increased beta-carotene level and excellent sensory properties of milk and milk products that originated from organic dairying, soon beat the conventional dairy products.
Thus the new concept of organic dairying established itself as a major category or a gateway product to the organic food world as soon as stepping into the organic marketplace.

New Zealand has the perfect natural environment, climate and location for pasture based organic farming.
The cows graze outdoor on grasses for most of the time in the year and most of their feed comes from green pasture.
These results more nutritious organic milk and milk products which has a constant growing consumer’s demand in the present world.

Keeping the demand of organic dairy in mind Milkio sets its journey with the 100% Organic Grass-fed Ghee prepared from 100% New Zealand Organic Grass-fed Cow milk Butter.

Introduction:

  • Ghee or Clarified Butter or Ghee Butter is the most nutritious and purest form of milk fat which can stay shelf-stable up to 18 months under proper storage conditions.
  • Extremely low free fatty acid (FFA) content offers a high smoke point and make it ideal for deep frying, baking, sautéing and roasting. 
  • Milkio Foods Limited produces Organic Ghee Clarified Butter with best quality organic cow milk butter procured from New Zealand only. 
  • The method of ghee making is traditional under proper preserving condition, thus the ghee retains all the nutritional benefits, freshness and terroir of New Zealand’s organic milk.
  • Organic grass-fed ghee, the phrase indicates that the ghee is strictly produced from milk derived from ‘stress free’ or ‘happier’ cows raised on predominantly organic diet/dairying method where forage on pastures, fresh herbage and organic certified feeds are the source of nutrition for the animal.
  • Several current studies on organic dairying affirmed elevated nutritional benefits in the fat profile of organic dairy products coming from organic cows.
  • A number of brands for organic ghee is now available in the global market.

Among them Milkio stands out due to mainly two reasons:

  1. It is the only New Zealand brand that offers 100% organic grass fed ghee and cultured organic grass fed ghee.
  2. New Zealand, which is world famous for superior quality milk and milk products, mainly possess pasture based dairying system and thus comply any organic system.
    • Being a New Zealand based company and sourcing the raw materials from New Zealand, Milkio products meet the key requirements for ‘organic’ standard of several countries.
    • It also has  Non-GMO and Organic Certification  by BioGro NZ Ltd  (USDA Organic).
  3. Ghee offers by Milkio is full of nutritional benefits of Organic Milk and offers an elevated fatty acids profile and high amount of beta-carotene.
  4. It is absolutely free from any additives and preservatives.

Do you know these about organic dairying?

  • The organic dairying has begun and established itself as a major category during the 1990’s
  • In Organic Dairying Cows and calves are fed 100% organic feed comprises of is fresh forage/ green pasture
  • Organic pasture are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides that are not approved for organic use. Only approved additives or supplements (vitamins/ minerals) are used in organic dairying
  • Use of Genetically Modified Organisms/ Crops are strictly forbidden
  • All animals have access to the green pastures and thereby lead a healthy, stress free life for most of the time
  • The welfare of animals is of highest importance
  • Organic farmers keep sufficient records and audited reports to keep compliance with standards right from preparing the land to supply organic milk to the market

With days past the concept of organic dairying has become stronger with the increased consumer believe about the organic dairy products as healthier, natural and premium than conventional dairy products.

  • It gives better food safety as well as supports animal welfare.
  • Various certification agencies of different countries are now providing ‘Organic’ certification through verifying dairying practice and organic management plan of the farm and industry/ brands.

 

  • Considering the premium price structure due to growing consumer’s faith on organic dairy products, the primary objectives for world’s leading dairy brands are now to fulfil those requirements to become certified organic.
  • The organic dairying in New Zealand is a holistic approach based upon ecological interactions and biological process of crops, protection from pests and diseases, livestock and human nutrition and profitable return to the farmer, which consequently results a sustainable organic dairying system.
  • An exceptional forage management and utilizing the benefits of ecological approach to health care, maintaining soil fertility by supplying natural fertilizers through etc. helped New Zealand to develop a low-input high-output organic dairying system that produces highly nutritious milk while reducing production costs, increases profitability and providing environmental sustainability.
  • These organic milk and milk products, being premium give a sustainable return to the farmers.
  • Based in New Zealand, being a secondary manufacturer, Milkio always ensures all raw materials are certified organic.
  • Milkio is honest and willing to declare their organic goodness in the Ghee through various analytical tests results and discussions.
  • The ‘Organic’ certifications by BioGro NZ Ltd (which is supported by USDA ORGANIC too) has further smoothened Milkio’s journey as ‘Non-GMO & Organic’.


Why Milkio’s Organic Ghee?

Why Milkio’s Organic Ghee and how does Milkio Foods Ensure “Organic Grass-Fed” to Customers?

  • Because it is derived from Organic Grass-fed Cow milk butter procured from New Zealand only where maximum feed of cow’s come from fresh forage/ green pasture
    1. Fresh forage / green pasture is higher in PUFA, unsaturated fatty acids, especially ALA and other omega-3 fatty acids and more prominently in the early stage of maturity
    2. Omega-3 fatty acids cannot be synthesized in the mammary glands of dairy animals and thus the contents are highly dependent on the intake of the respective compounds in the diet
    3. Thus milk and milk products from pasture based organic farming contain higher amount of omega-3 fatty acids
  • It is healthy, full of natural goodness and free from toxic chemical, synthetic residues and GMO’s
  • It offers a smooth texture, golden yellow colour, buttery and slightly caramelized rich aroma
  • It is Certified Non-GMO & Organic by BioGro NZ Ltd (USDA Organic)

The organic dairying in New Zealand is an integrated sustainable agricultural system relying on ecological interactions and biological process of crops, protection from pests & diseases and livestocks and human nutrition.

  • The basic of organic system here is sustainable and preventive practices.
  • The system starts with maximizing quality and biological life of soils to increase availability of nutrients and minerals in fresh forage in order to deliver maximum health benefit to milking animals and therefore achieving optimum production.
  • A major way of achieving extreme fertility of soil for producing high nutritious fresh forage is through using natural fertilizers and soil conditioners such as the rock form of minerals and worm based fertilizers. Super phosphate fertilizers are not in practice.
  • Moreover, the country is blessed with unique environmental qualities comprises of abundant sunshine, year-round optimum temperatures, rich volcanic soils, and adequate rainfall.
  • These facilitate the growth of abundant nutritious grass which is elementarily the prime feed resource for dairy cattle.
  • In New Zealand Investment per cow is about NZ $800- 1,000 which is comparatively quite low than that of many leading countries in the dairy sector.
  • Rather investment in land is very high for New Zealand dairies which indicate that a significant percentage of dairy farm assets are in land.
  • The very high land cost combined with low cow prices actually drives the farmers to calculating milk solids production per hectare land rather than milk per cow to remain economically viable.
  • Thus making a profit from the land is uppermost in the mind of the settler, and is also the goal of the government.
  • Therefore when it comes of being organic, the country’s dairy cattle’s are by default pasture grazed and spend most of their time in outdoor (150 days).
  • Consequently, maximum of their feed is naturally accrued from fresh forage making the dairy highly acquiescent with the countries organic regulations.
  • Moreover, to remain strictly in organic pasture based system and to produce best quality organic milk and milk products, the dairy practitioners of the country follow robust seasonality of feed supply to obtain highest advantage of pasture based system while achieving a sustainable financial management.
  • The peak growth season of pasture in NZ is late spring and early summer.
  • The lesser season coincides with autumn rains. To maximize the efficiency of pasture harvest, dairy farms coincide the period of peak pasture growth with time of peak milk production.
  • Surplus grass is always harvested and stored as hay or silage and used as most common supplement.
  • Supplements are extremely vital during first few years of conversion from conventional to organic.

Thus, based in New Zealand and procuring 100% raw materials (Grass-fed Organic Butter) from within the country Milkio ensure “100% organic grass-fed” products to customers.

benefits of organic farming

A short study on Organic Production Act and minimum period of grazing along with nature of feed intake in various countries and New Zealand is given below:

Country Minimum period of grazing Feed intake from grazing Act/ Rule/ Standard
United States of America Grazed for 120 d per year During grazing season, 30% of total forage intake must come from pasture. Organic foods production act provisions 2014 (US Government Printing Office, 2014)
Canada Pasture access during grazing season During grazing season, 30% of total forage intake must come from pasture. 60% of DM in daily rations consists of hay, fresh/dried fodder, or silage Organic Production Systems General Principles and Management Standards 2011 (Canadian General Standards Board, 2011)
European Union Pasture access for grazing whenever conditions allow Pasture access for grazing whenever conditions allow 60% of DM in daily rations consists of hay, fresh/ dried fodder or silage. Guidance document on European Union organic Standards 2010 (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, 2010)
Japan Pasture access, no less than twice a week Feeds other than fresh or dried fodder or silage are less than 50% of the average feed intake, in dry weight. Japanese Agricultural Standard for Organic Livestock Products, 2005 (Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries)
New Zealand Ruminants must be grazed throughout the grazing season.150 d For herbivores, a minimum of 50% of feed must come from pasture. Bio-Gro and AsureQuality Organic Standard For Primary Producers, 2013
Australia Grazing of animals in natural/ range land areas is considered part of an organic production system National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce, 2013(Organic Industry Standards and Certification Committee, 2013)

The Organic Ghee Benefits:

Ghee is consumed in daily life. Conventional Ghee may contain residues of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones those used on the dairy animals during conventional farming for increasing milk production.

These have serious health impact. Apart from that sometimes inappropriate protein is fed to cows for stimulating the rapid growth or milk production. Moreover, ghee is a premium priced product.

A high price is always expected to return high quality. All these factors are making the consumers to choose organic Ghee over conventional one.

The health benefits of organic ghee are:

  1. Premium nutritional quality of organic milk fat: Pasture feeding is identified to have a positive impact on the nutrient profile of Fatty Acids of milk fat. It increases the content of beneficial nutrients Omega-3 fatty acids, Vaccenic acid, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), while reducing the levels of Omega-6 fatty acids and Palmitic acid.
  2. Enhanced nutritional quality: Consuming organic ghee lowers dietary intakes of omega-6, while increasing intake of omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
    • CLA (conjugated linoleic acid): Organic Ghee contains comparatively higher amount of Conjugated Linoleic Acid compared with conventional ones. Myriad beneficial health effect of CLA includes antiatherogenic effect, altered nutrient partitioning, improved lipid metabolism, antidiabetic action (type II diabetes), immunity enhancement and improved bone mineralization. The amount of CLA in cow’s milk tends to increase (2-3 times higher concentration of CLA in pasture grazed cow milk) along with consumption of fresh grasses by the cows. In organic cow’s milk and dairy products contain on an average 0.58–1.18g CLA/ 100 g fat. Conventional cow’s milk and dairy products contain CLA on an average 0.50–0.62 g/ 100 g fat. 
    • Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Essential Fatty Acids): Omega-3 fatty acid is another healthy aspect that can be obtained from fresh pasture in cow ghee. The relatively low ratio of Omega-6s to Omega-3s in organic cow ghee may also enhance the benefits of Omega-3s.  Increased amounts of omega-3 and other fatty acids are beneficial to heart, brain, eye, and other tissue functions. Few recent studies shown, that the overall fat composition (concentrations of total omega-3, ALA and CLA are significantly higher) of organic ghee is much more balanced in terms of health risks and benefits than conventional ghee (concentrations of total PUFAs, total omega-6, and LA were significantly higher).
    • Butyric acids: Grass feeding in organic dairying also increase the butyric acid and content in ghee. It is an essential short-chain fatty acid. It helps in digestion and contribute to a healthy digestive tract.
    • Beta-carotene: As the organic farming enables fresh forage as a significant source of total diet of milking animals, the ghee derived from organically raised cows contain higher concentration of beta-carotene than conventionally feed where grains and fermented feeds are also involved. The main reason behind the low levels of beta-carotene is because of heat damage and breakdown during storage of grains and fermented feeds. Human bodies use beta-carotene to make vitamin A, which is essential for retina function, healthy skin and prevention of infection. Beta-carotene also works as an antioxidant.
  3. Sensory Properties: Organic ghee has golden yellow colour due to the presence of higher concentration of beta carotene in than conventional ghee.
  4. No use of GMOs & Solvents: In organic dairy farming cows are on organic and/ or pasture, which as per organic regulation, is elementarily free from GMOs (Genetically modified organisms) and solvent extracts. No residues results in the organic ghee therefore.
  5. No use of Hormones: Unlike conventional dairy farming, hormones such as rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) and Oxytocin which are known for increasing milk production are prohibited in organic dairy farming.
  6. No use of Pesticides: Unlike conventional dairy farm organic dairy farms do not use any chemical pesticides on pastures where cows graze. Therefore the organic ghee is free from residues of pesticides.
  7. No use of Antibiotics: On conventional dairy farms, antibiotics are used routinely in cows to treat or prevent diseases. In organic dairy farms first natural remedies are used for cow’s illness. If it did not work then only antibiotics are given. When organic cow are treated with antibiotics then the ‘withdrawal period’ is noticeably longer than that recommended for conventional farming. Therefore the organic ghee is free from residues of antibiotics.

Milkio’s Organic Ghee Goodness:

The vital point of becoming organic for any dairy product in New Zealand is purely based on the concept that the product is manufactured from organic milk, the milk which is drawn from an organic farm, certified by MPI, NZ recognized auditor.

Milkio uses pasteurized organic grass-fed butter is the raw material or ingredient and procured from recognized organic farms of New Zealand only. The ghee prepares in small batches following traditional method with extreme care. It carries premium nutritional qualities (elevated Fatty Acids Profile) and sensory attributes which are recognized as organic goodness:  

  • It contains all goodness of organic dairying, such as healthier fat composition (e.g.: butyric acids), CLAs, omega 3 fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins (Vitamin A) and high beta carotene content. Its golden yellow colour is very much natural and due to high beta carotene content of raw materials
  • It is free from any added preservatives, colour, flavor or other additives.
  • It meets Codex Standards 280-1973 for ghee and certified Non-GMO & Organic by BioGro NZ Ltd (USDA Organic)
  • It is Keto and Paleo friendly
  • It is free from animal body fat, vegetable oil (coconut oil) and fat, mineral oil and GMO’s
  • It has not more than 0.3 % FFA content which offers a higher smoke point. Thus it is a good alternative to cooking oil or regular butter. It is extremely suitable for frying, backing, roasting and sautéing of various cuisines and recipes. It can be consumed directly as spread or in coffee/ smoothies
  • Saturated fat content is 9 g/ serving (13 g)
  • Our Raw Materials are from Organic Cows from New Zealand’s Organic Dairy Farms: The key point of “Organic Dairying” is that majority of the feed for milking animals should come from fresh forage. New Zealand’s dairying system is mostly pasture based (organic feed based) and thus comply any organic system. Being a New Zealand based company and sourcing the raw materials from New Zealand, Milkio products meet the key requirements for ‘organic’ standard of several countries.
  • Milkio’s Organic Ghee beneficial parameters: It is evident that certain increased or improved ratio of fatty acids (FA) in ghee serves as identifier for differentiating the cows between conventionally-fed and organically-fed. The analytical reports of FA of Milkio Organic Ghee are in accordance with the scientific claims about organically-fed.
  • It has been observed higher values for Conjugated Linoleic Acid, Alpha Linolenic acid (Essential Fatty Acids) mono unsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) and Omega 3 fatty acid (Essential Fatty Acids)
  • It has also been observed low of Linoleic acid supporting further avoidance of conventional feeding in these cows. Further, the ratio of Omega 6 fatty acid and Omega 3 fatty acid also support the organic claim. Further uniform golden yellow colour and high beta carotene content in the Ghee indicates higher amount of fresh forage feeding (there is no added colour in Milkio’s organic ghee) in the diet of milking cows.

Nutritional outlook

  • Total CLA content of Milkio organic grass fed ghee is about 1.03% of total Fatty Acid where α-Linolenic acid comprises of 0.69% (Studies say, milk from grass-fed cows can have 2-3 times as much CLA with average values of 2.09 and 0.81 gm/ 100 gm fatty acids for summer and winter periods than grain fed)
  • Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio of Milkio organic grass fed ghee is 1.17 and Vaccenic acids (16.32%/total Fatty Acid) in Milkio organic grass fed ghee providing a nutrient rich support our health claim (increase in Omega 3 over Omega 6 fatty acids maintaining a healthy balance of these omega fatty acids in grass-fed cow’s milk)
  • It is rich in butyric acid (Grass-fed milk is rich in SCFA)
  • β-carotene content is 5.35 mg/kg (The β-carotene content of New Zealand milk-fat generally varies from 5.0 to 14.0 mg/kg (ppm) with a typical value of 8.5 mg/kg)
  • Vit-A content of organic grass fed ghee is 5.48 mg/kg

Milkio has following types of organic grass fed ghee:

  • 100% Organic Grass-fed Ghee: Prepared from organic grass fed butter (unsalted butter)
  • Cultured Organic Grass fed ghee: Prepared from cultured organic grass fed butter (unsalted butter).
  • A2 Organic Grass-fed Ghee : Prepared from Organic clarified butter (unsalted butter).

Organic Certification by Regulating Authorities:

  • Certifications and Regulatory Agencies in New Zealand:

In New Zealand, BioGro NZ Ltd and AsureQuality is the controlling body for organic certification. As per international trade policy, USDA, The United States has a recognition agreement with New Zealand which allows New Zealand government to accredit certifying agents in that country to the USDA organic standards.

These certifying agents (both BioGro and AsureQuality come under this) are authorized to certify organic farms and processing facilities, ensuring that USDA organic products meet or exceed all USDA organic standards.

These products can be import for sale in the United States. Milkio Organic Ghee is certified by BioGro NZ Ltd.

 Certifying Bodies Worldwide:

In some countries, organic standards are formed and managed by the government. The United States, European Union and Japan have comprehensive organic legislation. In these countries the term ‘organic’ can only be used by certified producers. In some countries complete organic laws by government may or may not exist. In such cases non-profit organizations and private companies are authorized to provide certification. The overview on certifying agencies are as follows:

  1. United Kingdom: All the certifying bodies are following the given regulations of the UK Register of Organic Food Standards (UKROFS). UKROFS is bound by EU legislation.
  2. The European Union (EU) issued and defined organic farming in two regulations: 2092/91 and later, 1804/99. Standards and guidelines have also been produced by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, and the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The 1804/99 EU regulations describe in detail the allowed organic livestock management in Europe.
  3. Sweden: Certification is handled by the private corporation KRAV.
  4. USA, the National Organic Program (NOP): Certification is handled by non-profit and private agencies which are approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  5. Canada: the government has published a national organic standard and certification is provided by private sector organizations. In Quebec, organic certification within the province is managed by provincial legislation through the Québec Accreditation Board (Conseil D’Accréditation Du Québec).
  6. Japan: the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS) was fully implemented as law in April, 2001. This was again revised in November, 2005. All JAS certifiers are re-accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture as per revised regulations.
  7. Australia: the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is the controlling body for organic certification because there are no domestic standards for organic produce within Australia.
  8. China: the China Green Food Development Centre awards two Standards: A and AA; while the former standard does permit some use of synthetic agricultural chemicals, the latter is more stringent.
  9. India: Agricultural Processed Foods Export Development Authority (APEDA) under Ministry of Commerce is the controlling body for organic certification for export.

Various Categories of Organic Certifications:

Organic dairy products hold a premium prices range which is way higher than prices of conventional dairy products. Four different types of organic labelling are available based on which the price decided.

  • “100 percent Organic” : must contain 100 percent organically produced ingredients
  • “Organic”: must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients
  • “Made with Organic Ingredients” : must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients
  • “Products have some organic ingredients”: may contain more than 30 percent of conventionally produced ingredients and other substances
  • Added water and salt are not counted as organic ingredients
  • The USDA Organic seal can only be used on the 95% and 100% organic products.
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Epilogue:

With the rising purchase power and education, concern over healthy and wholesome food is growing. Today in the world of internet and information boom, consumers are more aware about what they are eating.

They want to know where the product is manufactured, how the raw materials are sourced and what are the safety measures, standards and nutritional benefits.

Further, consumers are inclining towards premium quality products ranging from grass-fed to organic, creating a market for this special genre of products. Based in New Zealand, Milkio is committed to provide organic dairy (ghee) to our customers maintaining the complete essence of New Zealand organic dairying.

We are also committed to bring all the freshness and health benefits of the organic to its fullest level to our valued customer. In the era of organic products, Milkio wants to secure a place through their premium quality “Organic-Grass-Fed” ghee.

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