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UPDATED: Raw milk debate reignited – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 12th, 2014.

Consumption of raw milk has been implicated in the death of an Australian three-year-old, drawing the raw milk debate back into the public eye. The unpasteurised milk was sold as ‘bath milk’ to circumvent laws around the sale of raw milk for consumption. Read more in coverage from the New Zealand Herald or listen to […]

High milk intake and increased mortality – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on October 29th, 2014.

A high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death, suggests Swedish research. The authors of a new study, published in the BMJ, say the increased risk of early death may be explained by the high levels […]

Infant formula and botulism – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on August 5th, 2013.

Over the weekend, Fonterra confirmed Clostridium botulinum contamination of milk whey protein from the milk giant’s Hautapu manufacturing facility, prompting the Ministry for Primary Industries to issue a warning not to use certain brands of infant formula in New Zealand for fear of it containing the potentially harmful bacteria. The Ministry of Health has so far received no case notifications of babies […]

Concern over DCD in milk – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on January 28th, 2013.

Traces of the agricultural compound DCD in New Zealand milk are not a direct cause for concern, says an agriculture expert. Small amounts of dicyandiamide (DCD), a compound used to prevent nitrogen leaching in pasture, are detectable in New Zealand milk products. Following concerns that the presence of trace amounts of DCD in milk could […]

Milk product tracking methods developed

John Kerr posted in on November 14th, 2012.

Kiwi scientists have developed a clever way of identifying the origins of milk and milk powder, offering a new tool in the targeting of offshore milk derivatives attempting to brand themselves as New Zealand products. The new technique relies on the fact that not all hydrogen atoms are the same, there are different variants – […]

Daisy the GM cow makes international headlines

John Kerr posted in on October 4th, 2012.

A cow genetically engineered to produce hypo-allergenic milk has captured headlines both here and overseas. Daisy, a calf genetically modified to produce milk lacking a certain protein to which some infants are allergic, was developed by  scientists from Agresearch and the University of Waikato. You can read more about the research and expert commentary collected […]

Low allergy milk from engineered cow – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 2nd, 2012.

New Zealand scientists have genetically engineered a cow to produce milk lacking beta-lactoglobulin, a protein to which some people are allergic . Researchers from Agresearch and the University of Waikato used  RNA interference, a process that stops target genes from producing proteins, to engineer a dairy cow capable of producing milk lacking the whey protein […]

School milk may lower colorectal cancer risk – NZ research

John Kerr posted in on December 16th, 2011.

A recent study suggests that historical milk-in-schools programmes – similar to the planned initiative announced by Fonterra today – may have played a role in preventing colon cancer in New Zealand. Today dairy cooperative Fonterra announced they will be launching a free milk in schools pilot programme, covering 110 schools in Northland during the first […]

Food safety in Japan – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 22nd, 2011.

Expert reaction to measurements of radioactivity in food near Fukushima The quotes below were gathered by our colleagues at the UK Science Media Centre. Feel free to use them in your coverage. Prof Steve Jones, independent nuclear and environmental consultant, said: [In response to figures obtained by the Associated Press on Saturday from the Japanese […]

Elevated trans fats in dairy supply may be linked to health risk

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 8th, 2010.

New Zealand Herald’s Chris Barton investigates new evidence of palm kernel-derived trans fats in New Zealand dairy products and their suggested link to polyvascular disease and stroke in at-risk patients. An excerpt: “It’s long been known that naturally occurring trans fats are present in the milk and the meat of ruminant animals such as sheep […]

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