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May 2, 2018

The Spat Over A2 Milk Benefits Heats Up

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

The a2 Milk Company has called out the National Dairy Council (NDC), saying it is inaccurately saying A2 milk has no nutrition or health benefits beyond regular milk.


The spat came to a head in a Wall Street Journal article pushed April 24. Click here to see a copy (subscription required). Proponents of A2 milk say the protein is easier to digest for people who may have trouble digesting conventional milk, which has A1 protein. a2 Milk, based in Australia, has funded research that shows a health benefit, and the company says it has a 10% market share of “expanding grocery fluid milk consumption in Australia.”


In a press release issued yesterday, Blake Waltrip, the U.S. CEO of a2 Milk, said: “What is it going to take to get the American dairy industry to embrace disruptive natural innovations like a2 Milk that can help reverse the decline in dairy consumption, and make a meaningful difference in people’s lives?”


“If the NDC does not believe the comprehensive body of scientific evidence supporting the a2 Milk proposition to date, then we have to ask its leaders why they have not funded any research of their own in the potential differences of A1 and A2 protein types?”


Greg Miller, NDC global chief science officer, responded today with this statement: “While we find the theory behind A2 milk interesting, to date, the science has been limited, with conflicting results and more data needed.


“The reason we have not performed any of our own research into potential benefits of A2 to date is simple: By the Act and Order that established the checkoff, farmer dollars cannot be spent on conducting research into proprietary branded products, which is what the milk sold by the a2 Milk Co. has been to this point.”