Scientists claim organic milk is healthierThey say it is better than standard milk

29 August 2006

 

Two cows in a field eating grass.

A group of scientists say they have evidence that organic milk has more health benefits than standard milk.

They now want the government's food watchdog – the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – to change official advice to reflect their findings.

In a letter to the FSA the 14 scientists, several of whom have researched the differences between organic and standard milk, said organic milk has higher levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are thought to boost health.

They want the FSA to change its position on organic milk and 'recognise that there are differences that exist between organic and non-organic milk'.

Study findings

The letter to the FSA says: 'In our opinion, previous statements by the Food Standards Agency regarding the lack of difference in composition between organic and non-organic milk would now appear to warrant revision in relation to milk produced in the UK.'

However, the FSA said that on the basis of current evidence, it did not believe that organic food was significantly different in terms of food safety and nutrition from food produced conventionally.

A spokeswoman for the FSA said she could not say whether the letter would alter their position as they needed time to examine the evidence.

She said: 'The agency has not yet seen the detail of this research but we will certainly study it carefully in the usual way, seeking independent expert advice as necessary.'