Les Producteurs de lait du Québec is asking producers to stop using products containing palm oil or its derivatives in dairy cattle feed. We are also asking feed manufacturers to adjust their recipes accordingly and feed consultants to support our producers in making the necessary changes to their feed.
Likewise, we also demand that the government and processors apply the reciprocity of standards to all imported dairy products and ingredients.
Finally, we hope that the entire food industry will also contemplate this issue, since palm oil is widely used as an ingredient in human food.
Les Producteurs de lait du Québec takes the use of palm oil by-products in the feed given to certain cows very seriously. Although this by-product is used in a controlled manner and in accordance with the government standards in effect, we are aware that there are environmental concerns about palm oil production. It should be noted that manufacturers of nutrients for animal feed do not use pure palm oil, but rather one of its by-products.
Dairy farmers work every day to produce quality milk according to some of the strictest standards in the world. Our consumers have high expectations when it comes to producing the milk they consume and want swift action to be taken.
Dairy Farmers of Canada has created a national working committee formed by dairy farmers, processors, and internal and external experts to review the literature on this issue. Consumers will also be consulted. Les Producteurs de lait du Québec will monitor this committee’s recommendations on the issue and make the necessary adjustments.
About Les Producteurs de lait du Québec
Les Producteurs de lait du Québec, affiliated with the UPA, represents Quebec’s 4,877 dairy farms, which deliver roughly 3.33 billion litres of milk, for a total of over $2.7 billion in farm receipts.
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