Staring at milk bottles in supermarkets.

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Since I discovered the List of approved milk and dairy establishments in England which I recently wrote about I cannot help myself looking at the shelves of milk in supermarkets, checking the codes to see which dairy they have come from.

milk bottle labelsMany have the SG 005 code as seen on the Aldi and Tesco milk bottle labels in the picture.

SG 005 means they came out of the large Müller Wiseman Dairy (formally Robert Wiseman) just off the M5 at North Petherton, near Bridgwater.

The organic milk I looked at came from either SG 005 or SS 210. The SS of SS 210 shows they come under South Somerset District Council’s approval regime. SS 210 is Yeo Valley at Coombe Farm, Crewkerne. In the Waitrose branch I looked in they had three brands of organic milk, Waitrose, Yeo Valley and Duchy Originals milk, all marked SS210.

Sticking with Waitrose  their own brand non organic milk was labelled GS 003 which shows it was processed and bottled by Dairy Crest at Stonehouse in Gloucestershire. Frijji milkshakes are also marked GS003 and so are produced at Stonehouse.

Sainsbury’s in Chard had pint bottles of semi skimmed milk with two different best before dates, each of which had different makers codes. Some were from Wiseman at North Petherton, the others from a Dairy Crest dairy in North London.

The milk in small community and corner shops seems to come from all over. I even saw some pint cartons of Wiseman milk on sale in Somerset that had been packaged in Scotland!

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