NEW ZEALAND: Govt rules out further milk safety probe
Posted: July 1st, 2009 - 8:59am
Source: New Zealand Herald
The Government says it won't honour the previous administration's plan to convene a group of experts to discuss the safety of A2 milk, relative to "ordinary" A1 milk.
Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson said that a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) review of the science of different milks was "definitive".
"There was no need for a risk assessment," said Wilkinson.
The European review canvassed claims that milk containing A2 beta casein is less likely to cause health problems than the usual milk containing the A1 form of the casein, but concluded that both types of milk were safe to drink.
A1 milk - the form found in ordinary milk in many western countries - is high in the protein beta-casein A1, which contains the peptide or protein fragment beta-casomophin-7 (BCM7), which some studies have linked with diabetes, heart disease, autism and milk intolerance.
The EFSA concluded that a formal risk assessment was not needed.